The Union Cabinet on Friday approved the draft National Commission for Indian Systems of Medicine (NCIM) Bill, 2018, which seeks to replace the existing regulator, the Central Council for Indian Medicine (CCIM), with a new body to ensure transparency and accountability, an official statement said.
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 under the Board of Unani, Siddha and Sowarigpa.
Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “It also proposes a common entrance exam and an exit exam, which all graduates will have to clear to get practising licenses. Further, a teacher’s eligibility test has been proposed in the Bill to assess the standard of teachers before appointment and promotions.”Till now things were adhoc, he added.
Prasad said the government was committed to promote Indian System of Medicine, from Ayurveda to Siddha to Unani.