Government of India is in plans to make MBBS course a six and half years long course by mandating one year rural service for Medicos. Health Ministry and Medical education regulatory body MCI is in the process to amend the MCI act. The final decision will be taken in two to three weeks after studying the viability of the idea.
As per sources, the one year mandatory rural service will not be an internship instead the Medicos will be paid assuming them as Doctors. The idea is to bring exposure to Medicos and one year rural service can keep them at an advantageous position while sitting for PG Medical entrance exam Health Minister Stated.
Health Ministry had earlier given incentives to MBBS students if they worked in rural areas for a year. It had said working in rural India could stand MBBS students a better chance of getting a post-graduate (PG) medical seat; they would get 10-30 marks guarantee.
So what are your views? Do you think that MBBS duration should be extended by one more year?
Source: Economic Times
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