Medical students would now need to pass the National Exit Test (NEXT) to use the “doctor” title.
The Union Health Ministry unveiled the draft Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill 2016, wherein all medical students would, after completion of 5 and half year long medical course (MBBS), now have to clear the NEXT exam.
As per the news in Times and Asian Age, this test could substitute three tests, including NEET for postgraduate admissions, recruitment for health services and the foreign graduate medical examination.
With increasing privatisation in this field, this sound like a good initiative by the government to create a level playing field in medical education.
This move could improve the quality of the medical education, and it will make it easier for students to know the quality of education in a particular college looking at the passing out percentage in the NEXT exams. It will make them take a sound decision based on the results in these exams at these colleges. The college that has highest pass out percentage would naturally attract more students to it. It will thus bring out a standardisation among colleges.