Curricular Battles: Is it Possible to Win the War even if a Few Battles are Lost?

Curricular Battles: Is it Possible to Win the War even if a Few Battles are Lost?

N. Ananthakrishnan (MGMCRI, India) and Rita Sood (All India Institute of Medical Sciences, India)
Copyright: © 2012 |Pages: 4
DOI: 10.4018/ijudh.2012010112

Abstract

This paper is a response to the two commentaries (Sircar, 2012; Sarbadhikari, 2012) written for the article “Reforming Medical Curriculum in India in Recent Years: Conflicts of Political, Regulator, Educationist and Professional Nature and Strategies for their Resolution” (Sood & Ananthakrishnan, 2012). Considering the enormity of the process of bringing about a change, often compromises have to be made for a step wise approach to make the proposed changes more acceptable across the board. A ‘one size fits all’ approach is unlikely to work in India because of numerous conflicting pressures and the solution has to be tailored to the specific situations in the country. While a national exit examination as a measure of quality control looks admirable, a number of issues have to be addressed before it can become a reality. The authors conclude that a much higher role of educationists and professionals, consensus building, and political support are essential to achieve successful curricular reforms. A strong regulatory agency could play a definitive role in maintaining standards.

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