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National Licentiate Exam: What health ministry clarifications say


National Licentiate Exam: What health ministry clarifications say

New Delhi: The National Licentiate Exam or the Exit Exam, which has been proposed by the National Medical Commission Bill, 2017 has indeed become the bone of contention between the medical fraternity and the government. The bill proposes the licentiate exam as a gateway for all passouts of MBBS courses as a gateway to practice in the country.

The move of licentiate exam immediately met with objections from doctors and medical students, who have decried the additional burden of a new exam. Doctors have opposed the bill, demanding the government to remove the requirement of the exam.

Recently, Ministry of health has released clarifications in the form of answers to FAQs on Bill. In the said clarifications, the Ministry has justified the National Licentiate Exam, stating that the proposal to include the exam has been based on the recommendations given by the department related parliamentary standing committee adding that it is proposed to be merged with the PG Entrance Exam as a gateway to PG medical courses in the country.

The Ministry has clarified that currently No format for the licentiate exam has been prescribed in the Act. As an expert body, the NMC will take a call on the format and design of NLE and frame regulations after appropriate consultation.

It is reported that many in medical fraternity had proposed that the National Licentiate Exam should be merged with the final year exam, and there should be a common final year exam across all medical colleges in the country.

Responding to the suggestion, the Ministry has informed that parliamentary standing committee had noted the demand for a common final year exam instead of an exit exam but had finally recommended a common exit exam.

Comparing the pros and cons of merging Exit exam with final year MBBS exam, the clarifications state that the biggest advantage of a common final year exam is that students will have to appear for only one examination. However, there are several issues which will have to be considered by NMC before deciding to go for a common final year exam. These include:

  • Knowledge of only 4 subjects would be tested to grant a licence.
  • Universities may not agree since their right to confer degrees would be subordinated to an exam conducted by NMC.
  • Those who fail would have to stay behind in the concerned medical college, leading to issues of infrastructure and extra fees payment. They would not even become graduates in order to qualify for various recruitment examinations which are open to graduates.
  • Students tend to repeat NEET-PG in order to improve their rank, so that they can get admission to PG courses in good colleges. Rank improvement will not be possible with a common final year exam.
  • NMC would become party to all litigation related to local issues in Colleges. In the event of a stay order granted due to local reasons such as delayed session in a College, the entire licentiate exam will get affected.
  • Foreign medical graduates who wish to practice in India would either have to be asked to rewrite the common final year exam or FMGE will have to be restored.

The Ministry also clarified that the exam would not be required for organisations such as AIIMS PGIMER since the Institutes of National Importance have their own Act of Parliament and do not fall within the purview of NMC. However, if they wish to take up post-graduation in any medical college within the purview of NMC, then they would have to take the licentiate exam as it will be utilized for post-graduate admissions also.

The clarifications also state that the exam can be repeated to improve rank for PG admissions. To read the full FAQs, click on the following link:-

Busting All Myths: Health Ministry releases whooping 50 FAQs on National Medical Commission

 



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    Gautam Nilkanth wahane February 13, 2018, 4:39 pm

    Good decision of government about brigade course for BAMS AND BHMS DOCTOR
    I suggest that government should be compalsary brigade course for engineering and B PHARMA ,D PHARMA student because number of this student is more than medical student and maximum number of this student belonging from rural area so they help for decrease rural health problems

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    Dr. Dharmendra kumar February 11, 2018, 9:07 am

    exit exam should cover all subjects right from pre clinical to clinical subjects, so it should be merged with PG entrance exam to become more relevant. All India final year clinical subjects university exam is also a good alternative. All universities should get question paper for that exam from MCI.

  3. definetly MBBS EXIT AND COMMON PG / SS EXAM NATIONWIDE SHOULD COME TO IMPROVE THE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM STANDARD LIKE IN UK US CANADA ETC.. ONLY THOSE WHO PAID MONEY AND GOT DEGREE WITHOUT KNOWLEDGE WILL OPPOSE. I THINK IN INDIA ONLY, THIS TYPE OF INDIVIDUAL EXAMS DNB; MD/MS OF DIFFERENT UNIVERSITIES AND GETTING SINGLE LICENCE FROM MEDICAL COUNCIL TO PRACTICE MODERN MEDICINE. THIS WILL FURTHER DETERIORATE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM AND LIKE OUR MP/ MLA/ RICH PEOPLE we all have to go to foreign countries for treatment. those who cant AFFORD will be suffering at the hand of these doctors who don\’t have proper knowledge but passed because of their deemed rich universities and professors

  4. I agree we should continue with old systems for final exam in colleges and keep nneet for PG exam, for nri students exam. should be done by state medical councils for registration every 3 months a written test in final year subjects involving registrar of nearest medical college as controller of said exam.Govt. has given good reasons to continue with present system.also allowed foreign degree holders to practise till prmagenta registration by mci.I will add nright doctors should be given temporary registration for internship house job or nrhm or contractual jobs in rural services if they have passed from mci or who recognised universities or any Govt. recognised universities from any country if we allow them we will at least have 20th 30 thousand doctors trained in modern.medicine available every year for our dist hospitals which are suffering and save them from quakes and old system of medicine like ayush etc.which is banned outside. DR GM MALIK EX.HOD MEDICINE GMC SGR jk.lma president.

  5. Why government is allowing AYUSH doctors to practice allopathy (without testing their knowledge of allopathy) while MBBS doctors after studying allopathy for 5 years need exit exam for practice.. No any MBBS (allopathy) doctor would like to oppose one more exam, definitely a good decision to raise the medical practice standards, but for this aim to achieve, rules should be same for all doctors..

  6. Agree. And those 5 yrs of MBBS are also full of exams! Double standards for AYUSH TO PRACTISE allopathy. The Aayush docs are paid much less so even large hospital in private employ them! Do patients know who is Ayush and who is not?

  7. V CAN ASK 4 LIMITED EXIT EXAM 4 AYUSH TO PRACTICE LIMITED ALOPATHY IF AT ALL IT HAPPENS