New Delhi: The union health ministry has asked the National Board of Examinations (NBE) to conduct the BSc (Community Health) programme, which was originally planned to be conducted by the Medical Council of India (MCI).
The decision to rope in the NBE, which organises postgraduate medical examinations, was reportedly taken as the MCI’s involvement with non-doctors would have required an amendment in the MCI Act.
Under the BSc (Community Health) programme, rural healthcare workers will receive training, a project the health ministry has been keen on but which has been stuck because of stiff opposition from doctors.
The programme was originally envisaged as a bachelor’s in rural medicine and surgery, but that name was changed to ward off criticism that it would spawn a two-tier medical set-up, with rural population left to “half-baked doctors”. [Source: IE]