The NExT Move?
With the Indian Medical Council Bill 2016 by the Union health ministry proposing National Exit Test (NExT) as a substitute for PG Entrace Exam (NEET), recruitment for central health services and the Foreign Medical Graduate Examination and various student organizations strongly opposing the move, it brings me to stop and reflect.
Really, do the authorities really think, adding a burden of one more exit exam on top of the numerous MBBS course exams is going to miraculously raise the quality of doctors we are producing? An exit exam for medical licensing and residency program selections is a lucrative 'individualized' concept which countries like USA (with the preexisting USMLE) can realistically afford, given the low student/teacher ratios, comparatively smaller population and a more organised system. Blindly trying to apply the same in a country like India, where we take pride in 'unity in diversity' would lead to mere Chaos, I think.
How, in a country of 1.3 billion people, do we expect to implement 'individualized' admission process based on a common licensing examination, such a radically drastic step, without actually making the necessary changes in the education system itself and introducing the required change step by step; and just increase the burden on the students for the sake of it? The move is sure seems like an unrealistic one.
What are your views on the same? Drop in your views..