Medical aspirants across the country need to read over this news extremely carefully since it can impact their coming few years.
In a ground breaking order recently, the Supreme Court allowed a common exam for all the medical colleges in the country. The Supreme Court order on the Common Medical Entrance Test elevated expectations of a uniform test from this year. The health ministry has pointed out this may not be practically imaginable given the short notice.
The ministry has requested for recommendations from the Medical council of India on whether there is any possibility of conducting the examination this year.
An official said, "The announcement for the common test has to be out by December. It may be too late to begin the process at this moment." He added that in many colleges the last dates have passed and a couple of exams have already been done.
The ministry will also drive for improvements in the MCI Act, in a vigilant approach to streamline medical education. A senior officer in a health minister said that we will try to bring in modifications to the act so that it offers a strong ground. The MCI's recommendations for an alteration to the Indian Medical Council (IMC) Act has already approved by the Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda. This will authorize it to hold a nationwide Common Medical Entrance Test.
The alteration has already been approved by the law ministry. The Health ministry is now waiting for remarks from a few other related ministries including the HRD ministry.
The ministry will now try to speed up the procedure and place the alterations in Parliament to evade the barrier when the SC come back to the case said the official. On Monday, The apex court recalled its previous command scrapping NEET for admissions to MBBS, BDS and PG courses.