The recent changes made in the medical education in the country haven’t gone down too well with the medical aspirants and medical students alike. In the latest demonstration against the introduction of National Exit test (NEXT), the medical students blamed the central government for "turning a blind eye to some harsh realities in medical education such as inadequate infrastructure in medical colleges, insufficient academic facilities and faculty shortage".
A rally was taken out by the students of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) Assam and Tezpur branch along with students of Tezpur Medical College (TMC) with an aim of highlighting their opposition to the newly introduced NEXT. They said that “NEXT is not being introduced in the interest of medical profession in particular and health of society at large.”
As per an IMA statement, “The NEXT test is proposed as a substitute to three tests - NEET for postgraduate admissions, recruitment for central health services and the foreign graduate medical examination.”
As per the branch President for IMA Tezpur, Dr Laksheswar Bhuyan and secretary Dr Atul Kumar Kalita, the new rule would make it possible for someone having a MBBA degree from China or Russia do pursue a diploma anywhere between 3 to 6 months and give a miss to the screening test. They can ensure their registration and start their practice in the country.
The IMA also said that it has received support from more than 200 medical colleges in the country where the students have boycotted their classes and taken part in protest rallies.
The student leaders at the medical college told that students will have to miss skilled training in internship since they would need to mug up multiple choice questions (MCQs). The students also threatened to intensify their stir if their demands were not met immediately by the authorities.