If students community is to blame anybody for the Licentiate exam (NEXT) then it must be Medical Council of India, not National Medical commission (NMC) bill. Because the concept of Licentiate exam is introduced by MCI itself.

MCI Vision 2015 document on its page 42 states that “Based on the recommendations of undergraduate (UG) curriculum committee and post-graduate (PG) curriculum committee, MCI also intends to conduct licentiate examination after internship completion to qualify for Indian Medical Graduate (IMG) status. The UG and PG curriculum committees after various discussions opined that IMG licentiate examination and common entrance examination for PG i.e. National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET-PG) would be separate. The essential reason is that IMG examination shall assess the minimum defined standards for a competent doctor relevant to Indian needs whereas the NEET PG examination is intended for ranking with explicit need to differentiate students for merit. The UG/PG committees suggested to hold the NEET-PG prior to internship so that a candidate spend time for preparing during the internship.”

Further on page 50 it states that “The Indian Medical Graduate (IMG) Licentiate Examination will consist of questions will assess minimum defined standards for an Indian Medical Graduate (IMG). Approximately, 35,000 to 40,000 medical graduates will take the examination. Foreign graduates who intend to practice in India will have to qualify in the examination. The examination will be on-line with most questions will be based on static images, audio and video clippings. The paper will have only questions of single response from 4 alternatives or just true/false. There will be one or more papers of 3 hour duration. Each correct question will carry one mark. There will be no negative marking wrong answers. The examination will be for candidates who completed internship after March 2013. The examination will be conducted in four sessions commencing from April 2013.

The same documents also talked about NEET, Biometric attendance and Universal Permanent Registration (UPRN) Which are either implemented of on the verge of Implementation. Under such circumstances its clear that NMC or not but MCI is morally and legally bound to implement the Licentiate exam

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