MCI (Medical Council of India) in a major releasement has decided to mandate NEET for admission to MBBS courses abroad. National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) has already been made the centralized entrance exam for admission to MBBS and BDS courses provided by all the Government and Private medical institutions in the country. The move is aimed at regulating the quality of students looking to Chase MBBS abroad.
Since the introduction of NEET, different agencies and educational consultants have been promising cheap medical education in foreign countries. It also paves the way for MBBS candidates to bypass NEET as no formal entrance test is organized for admission to MBBS courses in several foreign universities. All the candidates, however, have to appear for FMGE (Foreign Medical Graduate Examination) conducted by MCI to register as medical practitioners in India.
The performance of many of these students has deteriorated over a couple of years. The major reason cited behind this is the affluence of “low quality” students in countries like China or Russia which see the bulk of medical applications from the country. As per official sources in the health ministry, nearly 6000-7000 medical candidates move to Russia and China every year for studying MBBS. Read Also MCI Prohibits NIOS students from NEET 2018, HRD Ministry reverts judgment However, only a fraction (10%-15%) are able to pass the medical licentiate examination organized by MCI.
Presently, all medical candidates required to obtain 50 percent in the final 10+2 examination from a recognised board in order to procure Eligibility Certificate from MCI in order Chase MBBS in other countries. The multiplicity of educational boards also lead to differential quality among students. Moreover, there is no strict regularization on the foreign medical universities or the kind of education provided by them.
As per the officials in MCI, using NEET as the basis of eligibility for issuing eligibility certificate to MBBS candidates would address the ongoing crisis of quality. According to new proposed rule, aspirants among top 50 percentile in NEET are only applicable to Chase MBBS in offshore institutes. “There are concerns about the quality of the students who can easily get a degree in medicine from abroad and the poor quality of education being imparted in the institutions they go to. By making NEET compulsory, we can minimum address one of the main issues,” was commented by one of the health ministry officials.
Any medical candidate would have to qualify NEET and rank among top 5 percentile to keep alive their dreams of studying MBBS abroad. Check Expected Cutoff for NEET 2018 There will no alternative route for aspirants.
Besides making NEET mandatory for students want admission to MBBS courses in foreign universities, there are also other efforts on the part of health ministry and MCI to improve the quality of doctors who have finished their medical education outside India. China is one of the major recipients of MBBS applications from Indian students. The health ministry has therefore approached the Ministry of Education, China to identify and prepare a list of 45 “good” colleges in China.
Aspirants want eligibility certificates from MCI will be also guided on these “recognised” medical colleges in China. These rollout of these new policies is still not sure but the recent releasement from MCI is a complete indication on their approach in allowing only deserved aspirants to become professional medical practitioners.