Medical university bill to be tabled in Gujarat assembly
The Gujarat government is set to introduce in the state assembly the Medical University Of Gujarat bill
In a move to usher in uniformity in medical education in the state, the Gujarat government is set to introduce in the state assembly the Medical University Of Gujarat bill, which proposes to bring 400-odd medical and allied colleges under one university, which will exclusively oversee the functioning of medical colleges.
The move will bring drastic changes to medical education as it proposes that all MBBS, dental, physiotherapy, ayurveda, homoeopathy and nursing colleges have common syllabi, academic calendar, examination and most importantly, a uniform pattern of processes and assessment.
Top sources said CM Bhupendra Patel was given a presentation of a draft of the new bill last Friday, the culmination of one and a half decades of attempts to make medical education in the state uniform.
"The CM has been given a presentation on the proposed medical university bill. Irrespective of college, 40,000-odd medical, paramedical and alternative medicine students will a uniform system of education," a top source in the state government told sources.
Sources said the majority of larger states in the country have a medical university.
If the proposed bill is ratified in the budget session of the Gujarat assembly, students who secure admission in the first year of medical, paramedical, ayurveda, homeopathy and nursing courses in the 2022-23 academic year will be inducted into the new medical university.
The proposed new medical university will follow the same procedure as the Gujarat Technological University (GTU).
When GTU was formed in 2007, affiliation of all technical education courses of various state-run universities were shifted to GTU.
On the flip side, established state-run universities will tend to lose some prestige, as medical colleges affiliated to them will shift affiliation to the proposed medical university. These universities will be left with their science, arts and commerce streams only.
Sources said paramedical courses at 16 private universities will remain outside the purview of this medical university.