Non MBBS teachers teaching clinical courses: NMMTA asks NMC to reconsider policy changes
New Delhi: Dissatisfied with the recent move by the National Medical Commission to reduce the ceiling for hiring the non-MBBS teachers in medical colleges to teach various preclinical subjects, the National MSc Medical Teachers Association (NMMTA) has expressed its concern and asked the NMC authorities to reinstate the erstwhile Medical Council of India (MCI) norm regarding the appointment of Non-MBBS teachers.
The association is of the view that any scientific discipline grows when different background contributes. It suggested that it would be in the best interest of medical education to have faculties from diverse backgrounds.
The NMC issued a gazetted notification on 28 October titled "minimum requirement for annual MBBS admission regulations, 2020" and the percentage of non-medical teachers in the three clinical specialties of anatomy, biochemistry, and physiology have been halved from 30 to 15 % whereas the nonmedical teachers have been completely eliminated from para clinical specialties of pharmacology and microbiology. It is to be mentioned that for biochemistry, the hiring limit was a whopping 50 percent which has now been jolted down to 15 percent. Moreover, the new regulations made no such specifications on the ceiling for pharmacology and microbiology.
The association alleged that the move came in line with the demand of a major section of the medical fraternity that is rooting for phasing out of the non-medical teachers from medical colleges. The move has sparked fear of joblessness among the MSc medical teachers.