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MBBS course may soon become of 6-year duration

July 18, 2012

The Medical Council of India (MCI) is considering to shrink the MBBS internship by six months and make one-year rural posting compulsory for the MBBS doctors. The move will extend the duration of the MBBS course to six years instead of the existing five-and-a-half-years.

Earlier this year, the union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad had approved extending the MBBS course by one year and make rural posting compulsory. However, the proposal received flak from the Indian Medical Association (IMA) and doctors.

A committee that was formed to look into the proposal of extending the MBBS course to 6.5 years have given an option to reduce the internship by six months and make rural posting compulsory for one year. An increase of six months in the total MBBS course is likely to be accepted by the doctors.

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