Taking a landmark step towards affordable medical education in India, the National Medical Commission has introduced sweeping reforms.

The new reforms are aimed at re-modelling medical education and training to enable a medical graduate to be able to effectively discharge their role as a physician in this changing world. The new demands on medical education also necessitate redefining the standards.  

Take a look at some the new regulations:

* Availability of a fully functional 300-bed multispecialty hospital for at least two years must at the time of application for setting up a new college.

* There shall be an air-conditioned central library with good lighting and adequate space for stocking the books and journals

* There shall be atleast 30 books per annual intake of students comprising all subjects with atleast 5 copies of each of the text books for the various subjects in MBBS curriculum

* There shall be minimum of four lecture theatres preferably air conditioned, of gallery type in the Institution, each of them with seating capacity for 20% more than the annual student intake

* The size of each batch for small group teaching shall be about 15 students. The common resource pool of teaching rooms, student practical laboratories, museums and lecture theaters and any other available area that can be utilized for teaching purposes.

* There shall be atleast8 student practical laboratories, one each for Histology, Clinical Physiology, Biochemistry, Histopathology & cytopathology, Clinical pathology & Hematology, Microbiology, Clinical Pharmacology, and Computer Assisted Learning in Pharmacology. Each laboratory shall have capacity to accommodate atleast 60 students.

* Every medical institution shall have a Skills Laboratory where students can practice and improve skills pre-specified in the curriculum

* Adequate student amenities shall be provided. These shall include facilities for common rooms for boys and girls (separate), cafeteria, cultural activities, indoor games and student counselling services. There shall be gymnasium, and playground for outdoor games and track events in the college.

* Every medical college shall have one rural health training centre affiliated to it. This rural health training centre shall be owned by the college or it should be affiliated to government-owned health centre

* All Medical Colleges/Institutions shall install biometric attendance machine for regularly capturing the attendance of human resources as specified in these regulations. 

* Every medical college shall have Close-Circuit Television system in the medical college and shall provide live streaming of classroom teaching, patient care in the teaching hospital and any other area as specified from to time.

* The College/Institution shall make provision to provide accommodation for atleast 75% of all students enrolled and interns, and all girl students who request for it. Each student shall be provided with independent and separate furniture which shall include chair, table, bed and full size cupboard at the least.

* There shall be a minimum daily OPD attendance of 8 patients (old & new) per student intake annually in the specialties/subjects of undergraduate curriculum.  

* The visiting faculty can include persons working in private healthcare, NGOs, retired medical personnel and Overseas Citizens of India interested in teaching.

Read the full National Medical Commission notification, HERE