02 August 2016 Current Affairs: Rajya Sabha has passed Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, 2016 by voice vote on 1 August 2016. The Bill seeks to amend the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956.
It also seeks to replace the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Ordinance, 2016. The Bill states that its provisions will come in to force from 24 May 2016.
The bill was passed in Lok Sabha on 19 July 2016 after being introduced by Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Jagat Prakash Nadda on the same day. Now it will be sent to President Pranab Mukherjee for his nod.
Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, 2016 : It seeks to introduce a uniform entrance examination for all medical educational institutions. This would be applicable at the undergraduate and the post-graduate level.
It states that in case a state has not opted for the uniform entrance examination, then the examination will not be applicable at the undergraduate level for the academic year 2016-17. This provision will apply to state government seats in government and private medical colleges.It states that the entrance examinations will be conducted in Hindi, English and other languages.
It provides powers to the MCI to frame regulations with regard to :
The authority designated with the conduct of the exams
The manner of conducting the exams
Specifying languages other than English and Hindi in which the examinations may be conducted.
Under the existing 1956 Act, the MCI regulates:
Standards of medical education,Permission to start colleges,Courses or increase the number of seats,Registration of doctors, Standards of professional conduct of medical practitioners, among others