The Medical Council of India (MCI) has decided to carry out single Common Entrance Test (CET) for medical candidates (MBBS/MD) across the country. The MCI is awaiting approval of their recommendation sent to the Ministry of Health and Family Planning. MCI is expecting approval of the proposal sent to the government, so as to implement the same from the coming academic year 2016. At the same time, MCI has also anticipated an amendment to Section 32 of MCI Act, in order to allow them to make a decision on the common entrance test.
Across various medical colleges in India, there are about 70,000 seats for MBBS and 21,000 seats for MD. At present, State Governments conducts their own entrance tests for MBBS and PG admissions. Likewise, deemed universities and private medical colleges also offer medical education by conducting their own entrance test.
According to Dr Kishor Taori, President, MMC and Member, MCI “The procedure of common entrance test would be of great help to all the medical aspirants. We have also planned an amendment in MCI Act allowing the MCI to take decision on the common entrance test”. Another MCI member Dr Jayant Bhandare (also Goa Medical Council president) says “The similar move was quashed last time by Hon’ble Supreme Court on technical grounds, but this time we are taking appropriate measures.”
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During the year 2013, the Central Government had put into operation NEET (National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test) for combined admission to all the under-graduate medical colleges across the country. On the other hand, near about 115 petitions challenged the MCI notification on NEET, and the Hon’ble Supreme Court quashed the MCI notification for holding CET for MBBS/ BDS and post-graduate medical courses.
Dr Avinsash Supe, Dean, KEM Hospital has welcomed this move of MCI, since it’s good to have only one CET for the student. Other doctors are of the similar opinion and a common entrance test can help stop mismanagement and negligence.