Commission seeks early start of MBBS classes - ECAS Punjab

Commission seeks early start of MBBS classes

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Tribune News Services

Faridkot, November 30

Fearing the loss of about 80,000 doctors five years later, the National Medical Commission (NMC) has suggested early starting of MBBS classes for the current session.

The Commission has suggested that the delayed new academic session for 2020-2021 should commence from February 1, 2021. The new PG session should begin from at least July 1, 2021, and the PG-NEET exam for 2021-2022 would need to be scheduled around March-April 2021. The admission process for MBBS course for 2020-2021 is underway in Punjab.

The NMC said that the current (2020) batch of interns had not completed their required training and unless the same was completed, they would not be eligible to appear for the PG-NEET exam. This is the reason that PG-NEET exam for 2021-2022 had been delayed. The NMC suggested that the training of interns was required to be completed at the earliest so that the exam could be held.

The delay in resuming the training now would have a cascading effect on the training of the next PG and super-specialty courses in the coming years, noted the NMC in its letter to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

On the recommendation of the NMC, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Wednesday suggested that all medical colleges be opened at the same time across the country in the best interest of medical education, and from the point of view of standardisation.

The NMC has recommended the Union Ministry of Health that the medical colleges may re-open on or before December 1.


NMC recommendations

  • The academic session for the MBBS students of 2020-2021 had already been delayed by four months, so the new MBBS session should be initiated at the earliest
  • With the early starting of classes for MBBS, the new students will get a chance to learn and handle themselves with inherent threats like Covid


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