For the regulation and development of the medical education sector, The National Medical Commission (NMC) will come into existence from today. It will abolish the Indian Medical Council Act 1956 and dissolve Medical Council of India (MCI) and Board of Governors (BoG) to perform its functions. The National Medical Commission Act was passed by Parliament in 2019 to reform the education and profession in the medicine field.
Dr Suresh Chandra Sharma, retired HoD, ENT, AIIMS, New Delhi and Dr Rakesh Kumar Vats, ex-Secretary General, Board of Governors – MCI have been appointed as the Chairman and Secretary of the NMC for a period of three years respectively.
“NMC will consist of 10 ex-officio members and 22 part-time members appointed by the Central government apart from the Chairman” mentioned in the gazette notification by Joint Secretary of Health Ministry, Mr Nipun Vinayak.
To ensure transparency of the members, they have to declare their assets at the time of joining, the four autonomous boards under the NMC Act.
The Under-Graduate Medical Education Board (UGMEB), Post-Graduate Medical Education Board (PGMEB), Medical Assessment and Rating Board and the Ethics and Medical Registration Board are the four autonomous boards under the NMC Act.