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The National Commission for Indian System of Medicine (NCISM) Bill 2019 has got the Parliament’s nod which will strengthen and streamline the profession of practice in Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani (ASU) in the country, and will make the higher education in ASU streams into world class level.

With the passage of the bill in Lok Sabha on Monday last, the Indian Medicine Central Council Act 1970 has ceased to exist and the Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM) set up under IMCCA in 1971 is replaced by the national commission.
Along with, the Parliament also passed The National Commission for Homoeopathy (NCH) Bill 2019. On the lines of NCISM, the national council for homoeopathy will replace the Central Council of Homoeopathy (CCH) established by the government in 1973 to supervise homeopathy education.

Rajya Sabha had passed both the Bills on March 19 during the budget session this year.

According to the NCISM Bill 2019, the primary objective of the National Commission is to function for the development and regulation of all aspects relating to education, medical profession and medical institutions of Indian system of medicine in the country. Further, the commission should form Advisory Council to advise and make recommendations to the Commission. This clause is applicable to NCH also.

The government has appointed 10 persons to the Board of Governors for the NCISM including one as its Chairman. More members from different parts of the country will be selected to the national commission later. Vaidya Jayanth Dev Pujari from Nagpur in Maharashtra is the chairman of the Board of Governors.
While talking to Pharmabiz, the chairman of the Board said besides further nomination of a few more members, three members are likely to be elected from national level. He said with the constitution of NCISM, the total structure of regulatory system of ISM education in the country will get a change and it will be par with international level. The higher education in Indian systems will encourage for increase in quality and boost researches in each stream.
Referring to the Bill, Vaidya Pujari said, “Although both the houses of Parliament have shown green signals for the constitution of NCISM, it will further take some time to form the full-fledged commission to come into force. Till then the already appointed 10 members will function. Government will incorporate people from different levels to the commission. However, it is a wise decision from the government to form the NCISM as change was required to the total system of the Central Council of Indian Systems. The hitherto existed regulatory body, CCIM, was 50 years old. Now all is going to change,” he told Pharmabiz.

Dr K K Dwivedi Sampurnanand, a member of the Board of Governors from Uttar Pradesh said the first meeting of the Board is likely to be held in this week and it will discuss the rules and regulations of the NCISM, after that only a uniform system of functioning will come into being.
As per the Bills, NCISM and NCH, both the commissions will constitute Advisory Councils which will have representations from each state and union territories. The councils will suggest ways for change of standards for medical education in each stream.
The Bill says that, on the lines of admission to modern medical education, there should be a uniform National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test for admission to the degree and PG programs. Similarly, the Commission should hold a National Exit Test for granting licence to practice as medical practitioner of ISM.
Vaidya Jayanth Pujari said all the rules and regulations were there already and they will continue without any change, but the structure of the regulatory mechanism is only going to be changed.

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