Bhubaneswar, 21.09/2017 ( Odisha Samachar / Abhisek Mohanty )- : The National Medical Students’ Action Council on Thursday demanded immediate withdrawal of the Government of India’s decision to introduce the National Exit Test (NEXT) examination by making amendments to the Indian Medical Council (IMC) Act.
Addressing a press conference here on Thursday, National Medical Students’ Action Council Chairman Dr Shiv Joshi said, “The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has decided to conduct NEXT for medical graduates after their internship. As a result of which only those who quality in the NEXT will get a certificate. The licentiate examination for the MBBS students is against the interest of medical professionals as all medical graduates would need to pass the examination to practice medicine. The examination would pose an unnecessary burden on the medical students. Therefore, we request the Government of India to reconsider the proposal or withdraw it immediately.”
Indian Medical Association (IMA), Odisha President E. Jayanti Rao, Students’ Wing president Abhijit Upadyhaya, IMA (Odisha) Past President Saroj Kumar Sahu, Joint Secretary Samrat Kar and students from AIIMS-Bhubaneswar, KIIMS, SUM Hospital, Hi-Tech Medical College & Hospital (Bhubaneswar and Rourkela) and SCB Medical College & Hospital (Cuttack) were present in the meeting.