The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on 28th December 2018 has approved the draft of National Commission for Indian Systems of Medicine (NCIM) Bill, 2018.
Under this, the existing regulator, the Central Council for Indian Medicine (CCIM), would be replaced with a new body to ensure transparency and accountability.
The draft bill provides for the constitution of a National Commission with four autonomous boards entrusted with conducting overall education of Ayurveda under the Board of Ayurveda and Unani, Siddha and Sowarigpa
The NCIM will promote the availability of affordable healthcare services in all parts of the country.
There are two common Boards namely, ‘Board of assessment and rating to assess and grant permission to educational institutions of Indian systems of Medicine’ and ‘Board of ethics and registration of practitioners of Indian systems of medicine’
It also proposes a common entrance exam and an exit exam, which all graduates will have to clear to get practicing licenses.
A teacher's eligibility test has been proposed in the Bill to assess the standard of teachers before appointment and promotions.
The draft bill is aimed at bringing reforms in the medical education of Indian medicine sector.