Indore: More than 500 medical students and members of Indian Medical Association (IMA) staged demonstration against NEXT, the proposed exit exam for MBBS students to qualify for the profession, and the proposal to establish National Medical Council (NMC) by dissolving Medical Council of India, on Wednesday.
The students have also taken out a rally from MY Hospital to Government Dental College to protest against the new exam under the banner of IMA-Indore Chapter Youth Wing.
The Union health ministry had announced NEXT in December under the draft Indian Medical Council (amendment) Bill. To standardise medical education, the ministry made the exam mandatory for medical students, who will be able to use the ‘doctor’ title only if they pass the common exit test. The exam has received mixed reactions from stakeholders, with the IMA strongly opposing it.
“Instead of introducing a new exam to standardise medical education, the ministry should improve the quality of education and standardise the system already in place,” said president of IMA-Indore Dr Sanjay Londhe.
He added, “If an able medical professional does not qualify the NEXT, he/she will waste a whole year before starting practice. MBBS students already facing many exams and they get admission through an all-India level exam. Students don’t have time for their own and now government is planning to put more burdens on them.”
He said that the government has been giving relaxation to foreign students from this exam and also giving permission to AYUSH practitioners for practising modern medicine without any exam.
Agitating students said that they will intensify their movement against the unnecessary exam if they failed to revoke the proposal.