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NCHRH and National Level Exit Exam for MCI medical council of India

By Live Dr - Tue May 25, 1:14 pm

With the ordinance to dissolve the Medical Council of India being approved by the President, a case is being made for medical education to come under the purview of the proposed National Council for Higher Education and Research (NCHER).

Highly placed sources told The Indian Express that both Medicine and Law related education are likely to be placed under the purview of the NCHER which is set to subsume the multiple regulatory authorities like the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and University Grants Commission among others.

While both the Veerappa Moily-led Law ministry and the Azad-led Health Ministry have raised objections to allowing the NCHER to regulate Medicine and Law education, a new proposal is in the works offering the two ministries representation in the body. “There is a strong case for including Medicine and Law in the NCHER’s ambit. Discussions are on and a solution is to allow representatives of the two Ministries on the NCHER,” said a highly placed source.

Health education is expected to remain under the control of the Health Ministry even though the HRD Ministry has expressed keenness to manage it.

An indication to this effect was given after a meeting of top officials of Ministry of Health and Ministry of HRD which is keen to wrest control over health education.

“There is no question (of health education being transferred to HRD). Medical science cannot be divorced from actual health policy,” Health Secretary Sujatha Rao told reporters after an hour—long meeting with her HRD counterpart Vibha Puri Das in the Health Ministry here.

She said the Health Ministry will set up a National Council for Human Resource in Health (NCHRH) which will look into health education and set standards and regulation for health sciences and research.

“We will have own NCHRH. We will set the standards in health education,” Rao said.

The views of Ms. Rao assumes significance in view of a tussle between both the ministries over controlling health education.

The HRD Ministry wants to set up a National Council for Higher Education and Research (NCHER) as an overarching body in higher education. There is a move to bring health education under the ambit of NCHER.

Ms. Rao has earlier objected to this idea and shot off a protest letter to the HRD Ministry, saying that health education is a specialised area which should not be brought under the purview of general education.

The officials of both the ministries today expressed their willingness to work in tandem for improving higher education and health sciences.

“We discussed the NCHER and how we can work in tandem with the other ministries. They (health ministry officials) are very positive about how to bring about the best possible reforms and what will be the best possible way forward so that we can improve the quality of higher education,” Das said.

Asked about the objections raised by the health ministry to the proposal for inclusion of health education under NCHER, Das said the HRD Ministry is yet to take a final view on functions of the proposed body. A task force set up by the ministry has prepared the draft NCHER bill.

“There were apprehensions about health education and NCHER. As on today, the task force has prepared the document of NCHER. The ministry is yet to take a final view. Ministry will take a decision in consultation with all ministries. We are discussing and working towards an agreed solution,” Das said.

She said the functioning of ministries and departments will continue as per the Transaction of Business Rules.

The Health Ministry has the support of the Premier on a row with the Human Resource Development Ministry regarding the management of medical education in the nation following the closure of the Medical Council of India.

The Prime Minister’s office has informed that medical education might not come under NCHER.

The National Council for Higher education and Research comes under the human resource development ministry.

One of the officials stated that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh might forward support the creation of National Council for Human resource in Health, which is a demand from the Health Ministry.

The HRD Ministry had demanded for addition of medical education in the foretaste of the NCHER after the MCI, which synchronized medical education, was disbanded on May 15.

MCI President, Ketan Desai was arrested on accusations of accepting bribe, in order to give acknowledgment to a medical college in Punjab although it did not obey the rules of the MCI standards.

The Health Minister, but, did not favor the idea and demanded the formation of a distinct governing body for medical education.

The officer stated that it is not recommendable to eliminate medical education from the Health Ministry. The demands have been sent to the Premier.

New Delhi, May 25 (IANS) Ruling out inclusion of medical education in the purview of the higher education council proposed by the human resource development (HRD) ministry, Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad Tuesday said the process of creating a separate council for it was in an advanced stage.
“We have already reached far in formation of NCHRH (National Council for Human Resource in Health),” Azad said, after a meeting of the new six-member panel set up after the Medical Council of India (MCI) was dissolved.

The minister said that a draft of the NCHRH bill has been prepared by the ministry and copies of it have been circulated to state governments for response.

“Draft has been sent to the states and as many as 13 states have even given their reply,” he said.

Official sources said that the NCHRH bill may be tabled in the monsoon session of parliament.

Health Secretary Sujatha Rao said the health ministry will continue regulation of medical education through the proposed NCHRH as mentioned in the president’s address to the joint session of parliament last year.

“We will have our own NCHRH. We will set the standards in health education,” she said, adding that medical science can not be separated from health ministry.

“Medical science is a very specialised area and it cannot be divorced from actual health policy,” Rao said after an hour-long meeting with Human Resource Development Secretary Vibha Puri Das at the Health Ministry.

The meeting was held after HRD ministry pitched for inclusion of health education in the purview of the proposed National Council for Higher Education and Research (NCHER)

Das, meanwhile, said that her ministry is yet to take a final call on the NCHER bill.

“There were apprehensions about health education and NCHER. As on today, the task force has prepared the documents of NCHER. The ministry is yet to take a final view. It will take a decision in consultation with all ministries. We are discussing and working towards an agreed solution,” she said.

Stressing on the need for working in tandem with the health ministry for reaching a final conclusion, Das said the final decision will be taken for enhancing the quality of education in the country.

“We discussed the NCHER and how we can work in tandem with the other ministries. They (health ministry officials) are very positive about how to bring about the best possible reforms and what will be the best possible way forward so that we can improve the quality of higher education,” Das said.

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