Union Health Minister Said that ‘Medical students and residents doctors had some misunderstandings and misconceptions about some provisions of the bill. I have cleared their doubts’. 

New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday gave assent to a key legislation aimed at ushering in mega reforms in the medical education sector and replacing the nearly 63-year-old Indian Medical Council Act. 

The National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill, passed by both houses of Parliament, will be notified in the gazette soon, said Union Health Minister HARSH vardhan. “Once notified, the rules will be framed and the NMC will be constituted for development and regulation of all aspects of medical education, profession and institutions. All these will be done within six months,” he added. 


Terming the NMC Act, a “progressive” legislation, Vardhan said it will ensure probity, quality education and bring down costs of medical education. It simplifies procedures and provides wider access to people for quality healthcare. 

Union Health Minister Said that ‘Medical students and residents doctors had some misunderstandings and misconceptions about some provisions of the bill. I have cleared their doubts’. 

The legislation provides for national entrance test – NEET – along with common counselling for MBBS, and a common final year MBBS exam, to be known as National Exit Test (NEXT), which will be applicable to all institutes including those of national importance like AIIMS. 

The NEXT results would be the base for admission to PG courses and to obtain license to practice. It would also act as a screening test for foreign medical graduates. 


The NMC will be an overarching body, which will frame policies and coordinate activities of four autonomous boards. These boards will look after the work of UG and PG education, Medical Assessment and Rating and Ethics and Medical Registration. 

Dismissing fears about NMC being dominated by Central nominees, Vardhan said, “This is not true. There will be 10 vice chancellors of state health universities and nine elected members of state medical councils in the NMC.” 

The NMC will have eminent medical personalities as members who will be appointed for only one term of four years and will not be eligible for any further extension. 

Dispelling fears that clause 32 of the Act will encourage quackery, he said a provision has been made to register Community Health Providers (CHPs) who will be modern medicine professionals and not those dealing with any alternative system of medicine. 

“Also, they will have limited powers for providing primary and preventive healthcare at the mid-level,” he said. 

He stated that eminent doctors in NMC will decide their qualifications through regulations which will be finalized after extensive public consultation and debate. 

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