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3rd February 2017
Indian Medical Association: "NO" to NEXT
Suggestions of the IMA are as under:
  • Common final MBBS examination.
  • A national schedule for final MBBS Examination including date of declaration of result applicable for all the examining universities in the country should be made.
  • PG entrance examination for the purpose of commonality of the date of the commencement i.e. PG NEET to be conducted within 45 days from the date of declaration of the common MBBS final result, which is included in the declared schedule.
  • The Rotating internship to begin on a common date, so that it also in the generic sense ends on the common date across the country.
  • Allowing foreigners to participate in NEET is discrimination unless there is country reciprocity.
  • Putting a cap of 25 years for NEET exam & maximum 3 attempts is taking away the rights of students.
The rationale for the aforesaid suggestions is based on the material reality that the different examining universities, which almost number more than 100 as of now have their different schedules of examination resulting in different dates of commencement of the examination, declaration of the result and therefore commencement of the rotating internship and accordingly different dates for the completion of the same. As a result of this in spite of the eligibility of appearance at the postgraduate entrance test being completion of the rotating internship before 31st March of the concerned year, there is invariably a loss of six months.
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NEXT in the line of fire: IMA stages National Protest 
IMA calls the test as unfit for medical profession and medical fraternity at large; stands by thousands of students

February 2, 2017, New Delhi: The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, through the Medical Council of India (MCI) has proposed some amendments in the Indian Medical Council (IMC) Act to introduce "National Exit Test (NEXT)" for becoming Medical Graduates (MBBS). "These proposed amendments for introduction of NEXT, a common Exit test for all MBBS students are not in the interest of medical profession in particular and health of the society at large", said Padma Shri Awardee, Dr K K Aggarwal, National President, IMA and Dr R N Tandon, Honorary Secretary General, IMA in a joint statement issued here today.
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