The Central government is working hard to guarantee that the National Exit Test (NExT) to obtain a licence to practise medicine in India will be held in the first half of 2023, as planned, according to Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Mansukh Mandaviya on Friday.
The Minister presided over a review meeting with the National Medical Commission (NMC) and reviewed critical medical education concerns.
According to NMC officials present at the meeting, efforts are being made to guarantee that the NExT will be held in the first half of 2023.
A simulated run is also planned for 2022 to evaluate the technique and alleviate concerns among medical students.
It was also stated that the NExT results — Step 1 and 2 — would be utilised for the qualifying final MBBS test, obtaining a licence to practise contemporary medicine in India, and allocating post-graduate (PG) seats on a merit-based basis in a variety of specialties.
Ways to make NExT a world-class examination were also explored.
The significance of the NExt test is that it will be the same for everyone, regardless of whether they were trained in India or anywhere else on the globe, and therefore, it will solve the problem of foreign medical graduates (FMGs)/mutual recognition.
In his address to the gathering, Mandaviya emphasised that the Union government is committed to providing excellent medical education, transparent examination infrastructure, and health services, and that he is working with all stakeholders to achieve this goal.
The National Medical Commission Act, 2019, established the NMC, which went into effect on September 25, 2020, with the goal of improving access to quality and affordable medical education, ensuring adequate and high-quality medical professionals in all parts of India, and providing equitable and universal healthcare.
The NMC’s broad duties include developing policies and enacting laws to ensure high quality and standards in medical education.
It also includes creating laws to regulate medical institutions, medical research, and medical professionals; analysing healthcare requirements, such as human resources for health and healthcare infrastructure, and designing a plan to satisfy those requirements.
It also guarantees that the autonomous boards work together. The NMC also serves as the appeal jurisdiction for judgments made by autonomous boards, establishes rules and standards to guarantee the adherence of professional ethics in the medical profession, and encourages ethical behaviour by medical practitioners while providing treatment.