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NEET UG: Counselling, limited years of study, internship and more – NMC releases draft regulations

The NMC is proposing that no student should be allowed more than four attempts for first year, in any circumstance.

The National Medical Commission (NMC) may conduct the NEET UG exam or may designate any such agency or authority to conduct the entrance exam. However, the Under Graduate Medical Education Board shall determine the language, manner and modalities etc. These are some of the guidelines issued by the NMC today.

According to the draft guidelines, the commission has asked stakeholders to send comments, and advise in a word document. NEET UG is conducted by the National Testing Agency.In terms of eligibility, the guidelines state that no student shall be eligible to pursue graduate medical education either in India or elsewhere, except by scoring the minimum eligible score at the NEET UG exam. To appear for the undergraduate entrance exam, a candidate must have successfully cleared class 12 with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/ Biotechnology and English in the last two years of school.

In case of tie-in marks of the students appearing for NEET UG, the respective marks obtained in Biology followed by Chemistry and further followed by Physics in the NEET-UG shall be considered. If the tie continues even then, then draw of lots by using technology – no human intervention – will be used.

For counselling, it will be a common process for all admission to graduate courses in medicine for all Indian medical institutions on the NEET UG merit list. The seat matrix will be provided by NMC, and several rounds will be conducted for this. The Under Graduate Medical Education Board will be responsible for setting up the guidelines for counselling.The NMC is proposing that no student should be allowed more than four attempts for the first year, in any circumstance. Additionally, the Commission also advised that candidates should be given only nine years, from the date of admission into the course, to complete their undergraduate medical course. It is also compulsory for every student to undergo training as per the guidelines published by the Under Graduate Medical Education Board.In the curriculum, the Commission proposes a variety of choice-based credit courses of duration limited to a maximum of one week, offered by the medical institutions in addition to the NMC curriculum and the curriculum prescribed by their respective university to their graduating students without hampering the medical graduate curriculum.  It is also necessary for medical students to complete their rotating medical internship.The draft regulations also touched on the ongoing topic of ragging and mental stress. “The issues related to ragging disrupt student’s well-being. Hence, students are expected to abide by Prevention and Prohibition of Ragging in Medical Colleges and lnstitutions Regulations, 2021. There shall be an elected student association and representation of students in decision making by the medical college/ institution affecting student welfare,” the regulations stated.

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