Nagpur: From upcoming academic session, it will be mandatory for those seeking admission in AYUSH’s (Ayush (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) undergraduate courses to clear the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET). The main aim of NEET is to have capable in AYUSH.
The ministry of AYUSH plans to implement NEET for alternative medical systems at the undergraduate level from the academic session 2018-19. For its postgraduate courses, the ministry started admitting students through NEET from last year. In country there are nearly 750 colleges of AYUSH system but AYUSH does not have single exam like NEET. For all system of AYUSH, minimum 50 % marks have to be obtained by the candidates to be eligible for admission in under-graduate courses. AYUSH Ministry is thinking of having AYUSH students exam along with NEET exam of MBBS and for this separate arrangement be made.
According to a proposed legislation on the lines of the health ministry’s National Medical Commission Bill medical, graduates willing to procure a licence to practise Indian medicine systems, including Ayurveda, may soon have to clear an exit exam.
The creation of National Commission for Indian Systems of Medicine and Homoeopathy, is recommended. In a draft it has been stated that to regulate the AYUSH System a commission be set up, same as it being prepared for the Allopathy. This is a part of a draft bill which seeks to create a new regulator, National Commission for Indian Systems of Medicine and Homoeopathy, to replace the two statutory bodies governing higher education in homoeopathy and Indian systems of medicine.