The Medical Council of India (MCI) has said that qualifying NEET will be compulsory for candidates want admissions to foreign universities for studying MBBS. Presently, the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) is the centralized entrance exam for candidates want admission to MBBS and BDS courses at all the Government and Private medical institutions across India.
However, in a major relief for students presently enrolled in MBBS programs abroad, completing NEET will not apply to them. This startling releasement is aimed at regulating eligibility and talent of the students who plan to pursue MBBS in foreign universities.The required to implement NEET requirement arises as several educational consultants and agencies are providing admissions to MBBS programs in foreign universities with minimal academic requirements.
Additionally, the students who opt such to join MBBS courses abroad do not need to go via any formal entrance examination for determining their eligibility. However, most of these aspirants have performed miserably in the test in recent years. This leads to a potential threat of sending mediocre talent to many foreign medical institutions for studying MBBS. All such candidates required to complete the Foreign Medical Graduate Examination (FMGE) organized by MCI for registering as medical practitioners in India.
Most universities abroad provide direct admission to a medical course based on prior academic records of aspirants. Many universities situated in China and Russia do not bother to determine an aspirant's suitability for studying medical studies which are quite alarming as these aspirants are to become medical practitioners in future.
As a formal procedure, they just ask for the eligibility certificate allocated by MCI, for which there is a fixed criterion. Students required to obtain just 50% in the class 12th examination. The major loophole with this process is that students usually come from various educational boards whose academic curriculum also vary to a great degree.
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As per the official records, minimum 7000 medical candidates from India join different medical institutions based in Russia and China annually for studying MBBS. However, only around 10-15% of them manage to complete the FMGE examination organized by MCI.
MCI said that the medical field could not afford development of low-quality doctors, as that would lead to the compromise with the health of patients. All this to led to implementing a formal selection process for the candidates want admissions to foreign medical universities.
To make the selection procedure fair and uniform for all medical candidates, MCI devised new criteria as per which the basic eligibility requirement for Indian students is to be amongst the top 50 percentile of appearing aspirants of NEET 2018.
These new requirements will take effect from May 2018 when aspirants start applying for the Eligibility Certificate. However, these would not impact the medical curriculum of the students who are already presently studying the MBBS courses in the abroad universities via any prior criteria.
MCI has declared in an official notification dated February 09, 2018 that NEET exam will be compulsory for students with eligibility criteria to get admissions to the foreign universities. Such students will be allotted the Eligibility Certificate to be produced at the foreign universities only post securing stipulated rank in NEET exam.
This judgment is expected to fix up the problem of sending low-grade students to pursue MBBS degree abroad, which is the case presently. Candidates would be allowed the Eligibility Certificate for foreign medical education only if they are amongst the top 50 percentile in the NEET exam.
One of the top health ministry officials quoted officially - “The Indian Citizens/Overseas Citizen of India intending to obtain the primary medical qualification from any medical institution outside India, on or after May 2018, shall have to mandatorily qualify the NEET for admission to MBBS course(s) abroad. The judgment will be implemented prospectively i.e. from May 2018. Thus, students who have already taken admission under present regulations to pursue the primary medical course by taking Eligibility Certificate from (the) MCI are exempted from qualifying NEET”.
Apart from introducing this criterion, MCI is also aiming to improve the quality of doctors who clear their MBBS from foreign countries like China. The Ministry of Health, India has approached the Ministry of Education, China to identify, prepare and agree upon a list of 45 good colleges in China where Indian students should get admission to the MBBS course. The MCI is also likely to announce an official notification in this regard soon on their official website.