Controversy over the modification of the logo of the National Medical Commission. The old logo had Satyameva Jayate below the Ashoka pillar. But in the new logo, instead of the Ashoka Pillar, a color image of Dhanvantari and the word Bharat is added above it. With this, criticism is being raised in the social media that there is a flagrant violation of secular ideas in the country. It has been argued that the inclusion of a religious image in the logo is absurd, that Dhanvantari represents Ayurvedic treatment, and that the move is polarizing society.
Meanwhile, the National Medical Commission’s explanation is that the picture of Dhanwantari is premature and has only been made into a clear picture. NMC is a 33-member regulatory body that governs the field of medical education in the country. On 25th September 2020, Medical Council of India changed its name to National Medical Commission. In September 2019, the Medical Service Commission had advertised inviting the best logo and tagline. It was announced that the public, students and professionals can give suggestions and the best idea will be rewarded. A prize of Rs 10,000 was fixed for the logo and Rs 5,000 for the tagline.
The logo is also in controversy as the discussions to change the country’s name from India to Bharat are in progress. The invitation to the dinner hosted by the President as part of the G20 summit had added ‘President of India’ and ‘India’ along with the name boards of the summit.
National Medical Commission repalces Ashok Stambh with Dhanvantari in new logo