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Why in news?

  • The Union Cabinet has approved the National Commission for Homeopathy Bill, 2018.
  • The National Commission for Homeopathy seeks to replace the existing regulator Central Council of Homoeopathy.

Aim:

  • The bill aims at bringing reforms in the medical education of homoeopathy in line with the National Medical Commission proposed for setting up for allopathy system of medicine.
  • The National Commission for Homeopathy aims to promote transparency and accountability.

Features of the Bill:

  • Constitution of a National Commission with three autonomous boards.
  • The Homoeopathy Education Board to be vested with the responsibility of overseeing the Homeopathy education in the country.
  • The board of assessment and rating to assess and grant recognition to educational institutions of Homoeopathy.
  • Board of ethics and registration of practitioners of Homoeopathy to maintain a National Register and deal with ethical issues relating to practice.
  • The bill also proposes a common entrance exam and an exit exam which all graduates will have to clear to get practicing licenses.
  • The bill proposes a teacher’s eligibility test to assess the standard of teachers before appointment and promotions.
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