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National Commission for Indian System of Medicine Bill, 2019 (NCIM)

Topics Covered: Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies.

National Commission for Indian System of Medicine Bill, 2019 (NCIM)

What to study?

For Prelims and Mains: NCIM- objectives, composition and functions.

Context: The National Commission for Indian System of Medicine Bill, 2019 (NCIM) was recently passed in Rajya Sabha.

The Bill seeks to repeal the Indian Medicine Central Council Act, 1970.

Within three years of the passage of the Bill, state governments have to establish State Medical Councils for Indian System of Medicine at the state level.

 Key features of the Bill include:

  1. Constitution of the National Commission for Indian System of Medicine:

The NCISM will consist of 29 members, appointed by the central government.

These posts will have a maximum term of four years.

They will be recommended by a search committee.

The Search Committee will consist of five members including the Cabinet Secretary and three experts nominated by the central government (of which two should have experience in any of the fields of Indian System of Medicine).

  1. Functions of the NCISM include:

Framing policies for regulating medical institutions and medical professionals of Indian System of Medicine.

Assessing the requirements of healthcare related human resources and infrastructure.

Ensuring compliance by the State Medical Councils of Indian System of Medicine of the regulations made under the Bill.

Ensuring coordination among the autonomous boards set up under the Bill.

  1. Autonomous boards to be set up:

Board of Ayurveda and the Board of Unani, Siddha, and Sowa-Rigpa.

Medical Assessment and Rating Board for Indian System of Medicine.

Ethics and Medical Registration Board.

  1. Entrance examinations:

There will be a uniform National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test for admission to under-graduate education in each of the disciplines of the Indian System of Medicine in all medical institutions regulated by the Bill.

The Bill also proposes a National Teachers’ Eligibility Test for postgraduates of each discipline of Indian System of Medicine who wish to take up teaching that particular discipline as a profession.

Insta Link:

Prelims Link:

  1. Boards to be set up under the Bill.
  2. Composition and selection of NCISM members.
  3. Key functions of NCISM.
  4. Autonomous vs Non autonomous bodies.
  5. Statutory vs non statutory bodies.

Mains Link:

Discuss the key features of the National Commission for Indian System of Medicine Bill, 2019 (NCIM).

Sources: pib.