Students of Tamil Nadu Government Medical College are planning to hold a state-wide conference to discuss issues including National Medical Commission (NMC), National Exit Test (NEXT) and National Education policy on November 10.
NMC mandates National Licentiate Examination (NLE), a common entrance exam to be taken by all medical graduates to get practising licenses. It also allows a bridge course for Indian medicine practitioners allowing them to practice allopathic medicine following the bridge course. The NEXT exam for postgraduate admissions to medical courses has also been opposed by the regulations.
The medical college students are organising a state-level conference on November 10 to discuss these issues and derive an action plan against NMC. “We opposed the NMC bill and even after the bill was passed, we do not agree to various regulations in the NMC. We cannot let our efforts go in vain,” says S Vinoba, member of Tamil Nadu Medical Students’ Association.
Various medical associations including Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD), Tamil Nadu Medical Students Association (TNMSA), Government All Doctors’ Association (GADA) and Doctors Association of Social Equality (DASE) protested against the National Medical Commission Bill last year before it was passed in July this year. “The national medical commission would affect the quality of medical education in the State and we have not given up against it. We continue to oppose NMC and support the medical college students who are taking a stand against it,” said Dr G Rabindranath, secretary, Doctors’ Association for Social Equality.