New watchdog for Indian systems of medicine



Virendra Singh Rawat
Lucknow / Dec 29, 2018
Narendra Modi government has proposed to replace existing regulator Central Council for Indian Medicine (CCIM) with the National Commission for Indian Systems of Medicine (NCIM).


The new watchdog is aimed at ensuring transparency and promoting availability of affordable healthcare services in India.
Yesterday, the union cabinet had approved the draft NCIM Bill, 2018, which provides for the constitution of the Commission with four autonomous boards entrusted with conducting overall education of Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha & Sowarigpa.
There would be two common boards namely to assess and grant permission to educational institutions of Indian systems of medicine; and to maintain National Register and ethical issues relating to practice under the NCIM.
It also proposes a common entrance exam and an exit exam, which all graduates will have to clear to get practicing licenses. Further, a teacher’s eligibility test has been proposed to assess the standard of teachers before appointment and promotions.

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