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Yoga, sports part of MBBS syllabus

May 22, 2012

When MBBS students go to medical college this year they’ll have to carry yoga mats, bats and rackets along with their white coats and stethoscopes.
The Medical Council of India, the statutory body regulating medical education, has made yoga and sports a part of the undergraduate medical education curriculum.
The Regulations on Graduate Medical Education, 2012, released by the MCI allot nearly 4% of the total teaching hours in the first two years of MBBS to sports and extracurricular activities including yoga.
“Our medicos will no longer be dull boys. They will be able to unwind on the playground. We will teach students how they can stay healthy and fit by practising yoga and participating in sports,” said a member of MCI.
At MCI’s national summit in September 2011, vicechancellors from medical universities across the country were informed that certain alterations would be made to the MBBS course with a focus on students.
MCI made it mandatory for students to undergo a two-month foundation course, which will include yoga and sports, at the beginning of the academic year.
Though most medical colleges have cultural programmes and sports, MCI has now made sports part of the academic curriculum. Under the new regulations, 78 of the total of 1,880 academic hours in the first two years will be allotted to sports, extracurricular activities and yoga. Academics have welcomed modifications in the curriculum.

1-yr rural stint for med course must
A spiring spend a doctors year working will have in to rural areas before getting their MBBS degrees, as the government has decided to make rural posting compulsory for them. In a letter to the Medical Council of India, the health ministry has asked its board of governors to make rural posting for doctors mandatory and include it in the MBBS course curriculum. Health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said doctors will be attached with the Ministry’s flagship NRHM during the year-long rural posting.

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