Guide to evaluating new medical schools or schools looking to increase recruitment
Details of how new medical schools or medical colleges in looking to increase enrollment in the coming academic year will be evaluated by the Medical Assessment and Review Board (MARB), are up to the education regulator. The country’s leading healthcare provider, has highlighted the importance of the new Aadhaar Enabled Biometric Attendance System ‘AEBAS’.
For colleges looking to increase the number of seats, physical checks will only be carried out if they have enough lecturers with attendance of at least 75% in the previous three months, the guidance said.
For new medical schools, all faculty must complete AEBAS registration and must be present for at least 10 working days at the time of inspection.
Government medical colleges that have been offering MBBS program for at least 5 years will be exempted from practical examination to increase the number of PGs. Private medical colleges and government medical colleges starting PG courses will still be subject to physical inspection. In a notification issued along with the guidelines, the board said there will be no physical or online assessment of the examination required for graduate posts. Instead, colleges are required to maintain a video recording of the exam process and data about examiners, exam procedures, cases raised during the exam, or the student’s thesis. This will be verified as well as other infrastructure assessments during the physical assessment. The inspector for the actual inspection will be selected by random software.
To increase transparency and ensure that medical schools have enough faculty and patients throughout the year, the National Board of Health has introduced ways to monitor schools remotely throughout the year. Along with AEBAS, medical schools are required to share the health management information system “HMIS” with AEBAS. data records the number of patients being treated at the hospital and live feeds from multiple CCTV cameras placed at key locations such as the entrance to the outpatient clinic.
The live feed from the cameras is received and stored in the control room in the NMC office in Delhi.
During the routine inspection conducted before the commencement of the new MBBS session, several colleges were issued show cause notices or had their recognition revoked for non-compliance with the AEBAS system, among others other. Most colleges overcome these shortcomings and are allowed to admit students.
Experts say the move is necessary because the number of medical schools in the country is increasing, making it difficult to conduct continuous field checks. “The dream for the pipeline is to not need physical testing at all, but this will supplement the current physical assessments,” a senior official said.
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