The Tamil Nadu government has opposed the
provision in the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill proposing a common
final-year MBBS exam- National Exit Test (NEXT).
According to the state government, such an exam
could be held for those studying medicine abroad and coming to India for
practice, not for MBBS students in India.
The state government has also opined that
provisions of the Bill are against the federal principles and undermine rights
Recently, the Union Cabinet approved the
National Medical Commission Bill, 2019 which proposes to repeal the Indian
Medical Council Act, 1956.
If enacted, the current Medical Council of India
would be replaced by a National Medical Commission.
The bill proposes a common final year MBBS exam
called National Exit Test (NEXT) to start medical practice. It will also be
used for entrance into postgraduate medical courses, and act as a screening
test for foreign medical graduates.
The Bill proposes to unify all entrance
procedures for medical courses. The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test
(NEET), common counselling and NEXT will be applicable to Institutes of
National Importance (INIs) such as the All India Institutes of Medical Sciences
(AIIMS) to ensure uniform standards.
The bill also proposes to set up a Medical
Advisory Council as a separate entity. It will serve as the primary platform
through which the states will put forward their views and concerns before the