National M.Sc Medical Teachers' Association ® (NMMTA)

A registered official national-level association of M.Sc (medical) degree holders in India.

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NMMTA is a registered association of persons who have medical M.Sc postgraduate degree in Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Pharmacology or Microbiology awarded under the faculty of medicine and conducted by any medical college/institution (recognized by Medical Council of India).

NMMTA is an all-India, non-profit making professional learned body, registered on 14th August, 2013 by the Registrar of Societies, District East, Government of NCT of Delhi. The membership of the association is open to all those with the prescribed qualification, irrespective of their profession. Currently, there are 2563 members from 27 states and union territories across India and the numbers are rising. This also includes students who are pursuing their medical M.Sc degree.

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Medical M.Sc courses in Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Pharmacology or Microbiology are being conducted in the medical colleges in India since the 1950s. These courses were once included in the First Schedule to the Indian Medical Council Act (1956) and the medical colleges used to seek MCI's nod to start these courses. Currently, MCI neither regulates these courses nor registers the persons with this degree. Both the HRD and Health ministry are clueless on these courses. There is no count of number of persons who have acquired this degree since the inception of these courses. Therefore, a need was felt to bring all medical M.Sc degree holders under one registered association.

A clarion call is being sounded to invite all eligible medical M.Sc persons to register in NMMTA as life-members. All eligible medical M.Sc degree holders, irrespective of their profession are requested to enroll in NMMTA to strengthen it. From the data available on the erstwhile MCI's website (2017), around 13% of teaching faculty in medical colleges are 'non-medical'.

The pressing issues

India's clinical scientists with medical M.Sc postgraduate degrees are now facing an existential crisis of the highest magnitude. A hostile MCI-turned-NMC and an indifferent government that is rife with policy paralysis are making matters worse. Those pursuing medical M.Sc courses in medical colleges are trained and skilled to render their services as consultants in diagnostic laboratories, teachers in the non-clinical disciplines of the medical curriculum and scientists in research establishments. Shrinking job opportunities and intensive lobbying have resulted in incorrect portrayal of these courses and denial of opportunities in the area of their expertise.

Medical M.Sc courses were included in the First Schedule to the Indian Medical Council Act (1956); yet the MCI refused to regulate these courses. The practice of seeking MCI's approval to start medical M.Sc courses by the medical colleges have stopped since the 1980s. Registration of such degree holders too have been discontinued by the MCI. Neither the health ministry nor the HRD ministry have any clue on the conduct of these courses. There is no professional council to regulate these courses or register the degree holders. The lobbyists are working overtime to exclude clinical scientists from the teaching roles and diagnostic laboratories. One by one, all the professional roles are being denied just to accommodate another professionals while the indifferent government watches as a mute spectator. The present and future of the clinical scientists with medical M.Sc qualifications in teaching, laboratory diagnostics and research are uncertain.

Future of medical M.Sc courses    Future of clinical Scientists

What is NMMTA doing?

These are some of NMMTA's activities

"Dilli Chalo-III"

Hundreds of Medical M.Sc/Ph.D teachers and students pursuing Medical M.Sc courses from all over India will be converging at Jantar Mantar, Parliament Street, New Delhi on 20th March, 2021 to protest the detrimental guidelines of the National Medical Commission concerning the M.Sc/Ph.D teachers, which is in deviation from the MCI guidelines. Unlike what is claimed by the NMC, most existing faculty members are being affected. Since neither the health ministry, nor the NMC has responded to our letters, pleas and memoranda, protest has become a compulsion. All members and affected persons (including the students) are requested to join the protest.

"Delhi Chalo-II"

Despite rendering services in medical education and healthcare for five decades, all successive governments have persistently ignored the issue faced by clinical Scientists. Whether it is regulation of medical M.Sc courses, formation of a council, promotion of research, or services rendered as teachers in medical colleges or consultants in diagnostic laboratories, the government has exhibited policy paralysis and turned blind eye to the rampant academic apartheid. It is clear that government doesn't pay attention unless the aggrieved members protest, hence 'Delhi Chalo-II' on 20th August 2018.

NMMTA had organized a 'Delhi Chalo -I' protest on 23rd March 2017.

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Databases of NMMTA

NMMTA has three initiatives to register 'non-medical' persons

Database of teachers with M.Sc qualifications

National database of teachers with M.Sc qualification in the subjects of Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Pharmacology and Microbiology who are working in Indian medical colleges. Registration is free, simple and private Enroll now.

Database of "Laboratory Professionals"

This is the national database of all Biochemists and Microbiologists with medical M.Sc degree serving in diagnostic laboratories in various capacities. Registration is free, simple and seeks verification of mobile numbers. The summary of this database is publicly available.

Database of M.Sc in medical Sciences

National Registry of all persons with M.Sc in Anatomy, Biochemistry, Physiology, Pharmacology & Microbiology irrespective of the college, faculty or the university. Registration is totally free, simple and the process of verification by email. Enroll now. Click here to view it.