New Delhi: The duration of the MBBS course could be shortened by one year with the Medical Council of India (MCI) thinking about introducing specialist skills for undergraduates earlier than what is the practice at present.
Official sources said that the MCI academic council is likely to meet next week to finalise the new curriculum and send it to the government for approval.
The MBBS course presently stretches for five-and-a-half years four-and-a-half years of academic studies and one year of internship.
Sources said that the curriculum is seen as devoting too much time to general medical studies and the various aspects of the human anatomy, which may not be of much use to students who opt for specialisation in later years.
The new curriculum, which they said would take away nothing while giving more freedom to students, envisages adequate skill training at the initial level while introducing students to clinical and analytical courses.
"The idea is to let students study in detail the subject of their choice and develop expertise in that topic instead of studying all subjects in detail. It will save a lot of time and sharpen their skills," they said.
Experts believe that students should be allowed to carry on studying their subject of specialisation once they become conversant with the human anatomy.
They were also of the view that the present curriculum did not provide sufficient skills in the early years, which they said was crucial at a time of growing specialisation and super -specialisation.