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Draft Education Policy Will Commercialize Medical Edu: Doctors

Doctors association for social equality (DASE) has demanded that the draft national education policy of the central government be withdrawn to prevent medical education from becoming the preserve of corporate giants.

“National education policy has been drafted with an intention to commercialise medical education by corporates. The amendments are intended to pave the way for corporate companies to step into medical education for minting money,” said the general secretary of the association, Dr G R Ravindranath, on the sidelines of a seminar to discuss the nitty-gritty of the policy draft in Trichy on Saturday.

The doctors said that a free hand has been given to the government and private medical institutions to decide on their own on the syllabus and fee structure. There was silence on the scholarship for SC/ST/OBC medicine students. “The draft recommends full scholarship for 20% students and part scholarship for 50% of the students to be given by the institutions. But there is no clarity in their suggestion. It is an attempt by the government to wash its hand of the scholarships,” said Ravindranath. Paediatrician Dr K Muthukumar opposed the proposed exit exam for MBBS students before their enrolment for practising as doctors. “There is no need to test the knowledge of a medicine student who has studied the syllabus chosen by the government at the institute recognized by the government,” he said. DASE said that the central government was contradicting its stand by conducting the national eligibility-cum-entrance test (NEET) in the name of improving the standards of medical education even while insisting on bridge course allowing Ayush doctors and nurses to learn modern medicine.

Gynaecologist Dr A R Shanthi said that allopathy doctors were not against practitioners of Indian medicine. “We have no problem with them practising their mode of treatment. But allowing them to learn allopathy medicine through bridge course will create confusion in treating the patients and it will be a mess,” she said. The association also opposed the proposal for bringing in national medical council in place of medical council of India (MCI). – TOI

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