Call for Papers: NUJS-DKF National Seminar on National Medical Commission Bill [March 17, Kolkata]: Submit by Feb 20


The noblest profession of medical arena has been to a great extent administered by self-regulation over the years. In spite of the fact that the Medical Council of India and particular State Medical Councils have come up to manage education and practice of medicine, hospitals and medical practitioners are still vested with good amount of discretion in various aspects in the field of medicine.

Due to the concerns expressed by public regarding self-regulation of medicine, an investigation was conducted into the need for changes in the regulation of medical education and profession.

A thorough review of the prevailing situation was done by a Committee established by NITI Aayog in 2016, resulting in the drafting of National Medical Commission Bill 2017. It was introduced in the Lok Sabha on 29 December 2017.

According to its statement of objects and reasons, the Law seeks to

  • Provide for a medical education system that ensures availability of adequate and high quality medical professionals;
  • Encourage medical professionals to adopt latest medical research in their work and to contribute to research
  • Ensure that there is an objective periodic assessment of medical institutions and facilitates
  • Establish and maintain a medical register for India
  • Enforce high ethical standards in all aspects of medical services; and
  • Provide a regulatory system that is flexible to adapt to changing needs and has an effective grievance redressal mechanism.

In order to accomplish these ends, the proposed law looks to nullify the six decades old Medical Council of India Act and to supplant the regulatory system that existed under that Act with a radically new framework. The new framework that the Bill proposes will adjust all aspects of medical education, practice and regulation.

The one-day NUJS-DKF National Seminar seeks to provide a platform to discuss the Bill and general scholarship around the following themes:

  • The justifications for the Bill – real and perceived.
  • The proposed changes and its expected effects.
  • The impact of the ‘new’ regulatory structures on the practice of modern medicine.
  • Fee regulation and its impact
  • The justifications and impact of permitting AYUSH professionals to practice modern-allopathic medicines and the limits of such practice.
  • Any other issues surrounding the Bill

Call for Papers

Anyone interested in presenting a paper on any of the above themes must send an abstract of 800 words along with a brief biographical note of not more than 200 words (in a single MS Word file) on or before 20 February 2018.

The acceptance of the abstract for presentation would be informed by 25 February 2018.

A full length paper of 4,000 – 6,000 words must be sent by 15 March 2018.

If the full length paper is not submitted before the last date, authors will not be allowed to present the paper in the Seminar.

Submission of the full length paper would be presumed as unconditional consent of the author/s for a possible publication by the organizers.

Participants’ Registration:

The registration fee for the Seminar is Rs. 500/- and participation is limited to 50 participants (excluding the paper presenters).

All interested participants must register by sending a mail to the organizers at [email protected].

Registration would be done on first-come first-served basis until the seats are filled. Registration fee of Rs. 500/- has to be paid only after the confirmation of slots. Registration fee once paid would not be refunded for any reason.


Email: [email protected]
Phone: +9133-23357379 / 0765 (extn 1180/2190)

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