The Medical Council of India commonly known as the MCI has approved the proposal of the conduction of a common entrance test for MBBS, BDS as well as post-graduate medical courses and has given its recommendation to the Health Ministry.
As per the Health Ministry officials the government has sought the views of the MCI on the proposal post which later on the general body meeting approved the move on the 1st of October 2015.
A senior health ministry official stated that the “MCI, in its general body meeting on October 1, has backed the proposal. As per the existing policy, every state government conducts their own entrance test. Private medical college associations and deemed universities also conduct their own CET. And an aspiring candidate appears in all the exams.. But here under the proposal, there will be a common entrance test for all medical aspirants from across the country and would be of great help to the students.”
The MCI had also made a proposal of an amendment to the Medical Council of India Act 1956 so that they will then be able to make a decision on the common test.
The first initiative to have a common entrance test for the medical students across the country was in the year 2009 when the MCI was headed via Dr. Ketan Desai.
In the month of June 2013 the Supreme Court had ruled out the MCIs notification for the conduction of the common entrance test for MBBS, BDS as well as the other such post-graduate medical courses as invalid. A three judge bench via a 2:1 verdict stated that the notification was ultra vires of the Constitution.
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