MCI has also proposed an amendment to Section 32 of MCI Act on allowing them to decide on the common test. Last time, the MCI had lost the case in the court on technical grounds.
The Medical Council of India (MCI) on Thursday decided to conduct single common entrance test (CET) for medical aspirants from across the country for MBBS and MD. The MCI has sent their recommendation to the ministry of health and family planning and is awaiting its approval. MCI said it is expecting the government to approve the proposal so that it can it can be implemented in the coming academic year.
There are around 70,000 seats for MBBS and 21,000 seats for MD in institutions across India. Currently, every state government conduct their own entrance test. Similarly, private medical college association, deemed universities and minority institutes who offer medical education too conduct their own CET. Candidates most often take all these tests as they don’t want to risk their chances.
“Common test would be of great help to the students. We have also proposed an amendment in MCI Act, which empowers the MCI to take decision on conduct of common test,” said Dr Kishor Taori, president, MMC and member, MCI.
MCI member and Goa Medical Council president Dr Jayant Bhandare, who was also present at the meeting, says, “Last time, on technical grounds Supreme Court quashed a similar move; this time we are taking proper measures.”
In 2013, the Centre had implemented National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to all under-graduate medical colleges. However, after 115 petitions challenged the MCI notification on NEET, the Supreme Court quashed the MCI notification for holding common entrance tests for MBBS, BDS and post-graduate medical courses. A three-judge bench by a 2:1 verdict held that the MCI notification was ultra vires of the Constitution.
“It is always good to have one CET for the student, and the MCI decision is a welcome move,” said Dr Avinsash Supe, dean, KEM hospital. Doctors also opine that a common test can help end malpractices.