Govt pushes key reform in Indian medical education, conducts draw of lots for NMC

Harsh Vardhan
Health Minister Harsh Vardhan along with MoS Ashwini Kumar Choubey

New Delhi (NVI): Taking forward a key reform in medical education in India, Health Ministry on October 14  conducted draw of lots for selecting the part-time members of National Medical Commission here.

NMC is an Indian regularity body which has taken over medical education regulations from Medical Council of India within 6 months from 8 August 2019.

The proceedings of the draw of lots for selection of part-time members of NMC was presided over by Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan in the presence of MoS Ashwini Kumar Choubey and other senior officials from the Ministry.

Terming it a historic move, Health Minister said, “It is a huge and visionary reform in the medical education sector taken up by the NDA government under the leadership of visionary Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and will prove to be a milestone in the years to come.”

“As promised, the process of selecting its members is being completed in a time-bound manner. We had nine months to select the members of the NMC, and within a short span of two months, we have framed the rules, notified them and also carried out the process of selection of the part-time members of the NMC today,” Vardhan added.

Stating the selecting process as ‘transparent mechanism’, Vardhan said, “To ensure probity and integrity of the highest order, a compact body is being selected through a transparent mechanism and representation of States and State Councils in rotation. This will also facilitate faster decision making.”

He further added, “The government has selected members from diverse backgrounds for ensuring balanced policy prescriptions.”

–PS

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