November 25, 2010

Common exit exam for medical graduates soon

Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad Tuesday said the central government is contemplating holding a common exit exam for medical graduates based upon the recommendations of the Medical Council of India.

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha, Azad said the 'common exit exam' has been suggested by the task force constituted for creation of an overarching body for medical education -- the National Commission for Human Resources for Health.

'The central government had constituted a task force to recommend for creation of an overarching regulatory body in inter-related fields of medicine viz. National Commission for Human Resources for Health (NCHRH),' Azad said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.

'The task force, after consultations with the stakeholders, including the Medical Council of India, in its report has suggested an exit test for medical graduates to improve the standards of medical education in the country,' he said.

According to ministry sources, the exam will be similar to the exit exams conducted by the Bar Council of India for law graduates.

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