The Medical Council of India (MCI) has revisited the national syllabus for the prestigious bachelor’s degree programme in medicine (MBBS), and is all set to update it from the next academic year in 2019. Officials claim a final meeting is yet to be held in New Delhi, after which the syllabus will be finalised and approved by a committee.
MCI has already started training around 40,000 teachers across India to teach the revised curriculum from the next academic session — this batch will then further train Over the years, medical colleges have been adding new subjects to their customised curricula; now, the MCI had essentially standardised all of these under one umbrella. The process had started in 2013, while the Union health ministry approved the syllabus in December 2017. With new diseases evolving in recent times, several topics in the current curriculum are irrelevant, and required long overdue changes.