With National Medical Commission replacing the Medical Council of India, we’ll see major changes in the Indian medical education system. The new NMC Bill has introduced three major changes. First is the provision for regulation of medical college fee. Second is the introduction of NEXT, a final year undergraduate examination to provide PG admission and practice license to students. Third is the introduction of NEET as the premier exam for entrance to all medical institutions, including AIIMS and JIPMER.
Till 2019, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare allowed AIIMS and JIPMER to conduct their separate entrance test. However, things took a new turn when Union Health Minister, Harsh Vardhan announced that from 2020 onwards NEET will be the sole examination for admission to all medical institutions including AIIMS and JIPMER. With this change, there will be a single counseling process for admission to all medical institutions in the country.
This reform, Harsh Vardhan believes, “will help set common standards in medical education sector in the country”.
The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2020 will see the implementation of all the introduced changes, thus beginning a new phase of medical education in India.