The initiative by the Prime Minister's Office to decide whether medical education in India should be under the aegis of the National Commission for Higher Education and Research (NCHER) or the National Council for Human Resource in Health (NCHRH) has been decided. Both NCHER and NCHRH had been proposed by the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry. According to the new formulations, both NCHER and NCHRH will operate separately. Although medical education in the country would be a part of the NCHRH, there would also be linkages established with the NCHER regarding quality, content and curriculum of the education. The formulations have been approved by HRD minister Kapil Sibal as well as Health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad. A senior official said that the formulation still needs to be fine tuned further. He said that an agreement had been reached on the nature of linkage between the NCHER and the NCHRH. Another meeting will be held between the NCHER and the NCHRH on February 15 to finalize the formulations.
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