Both the houses of parliament recently passed the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill, which is going to change the medical education system in India with some sweeping reforms.
National Medical Commission NMC is going to replace the Medical Council of India (MCI), the medical education regulator in India which has been mired in corruption charges. The Bill has also proposed one common exit exam for the final year MBBS students, called the National Exit Test (NEXT). The test has to be cleared to practice medicine, to get admission in post-graduate medical courses and for enrollment in state register or national register. NEXT will also act as the screening test for foreign medical graduates, replacing the Foreign Medical Graduate Entrance Exam (FMGE).
This measure is said to have been done to address the issue of the availability of skilled and trained health professionals in the country.