On the recommendation of MCI, Union Health Ministry of India mandates passing of NEET to pursue MBBS course in a foreign medical college/university.
Well, the Medical Council of India (MCI) has surprises for all of us this year. Earlier, banning NOIS and correspondence students from taking NEET, now it recommended making NEET compulsory for MMBB aspirants applying abroad. And to the surprise of us all, the Union Health Ministry approved the proposal. Now NEET will be mandatory to pursue an MBBS course in foreign medical colleges. The move is expected to affect a couple of thousand students who apply for such courses in Russia, China and other countries across the world every year.
MCI has proposed the move after it came to know that universities/medical institutions in foreign countries admit Indian students without any proper assessment or screening of a student’s academic ability to cope up with medical education owing to the fact that they do not qualify the screening test. Since 2016, National Eligibility cum Entrance Test is a single, eligibility cum entrance exam to take admission to the medical and dental colleges across the states in India.
The move makes senses and with NEET into vogue, now only the competent students can make the cut. The union ministry of health and family welfare amended India’s Screening Test Regulations (2002) on Tuesday, February 13, 2018. The MCI has proposed the changes, which Ministry of Health and family welfare accepted. Earlier, students seeking medical education outside India have to qualify Foreign Medial Graduates Exam (FMGE) to practice in the country. From now on, they will have to write a test to leave the country too.
As per an estimate, around 7000 students prefer studying medicine abroad and a majority of them go to China and Russia. As per the figures available as of now, only 19 percent of the students who appear for FGME qualified the exam in 2014-15. Also, those who fail to qualify the exam start practising illegally, which is a dangerous thing. The move will ensure that only competent students find a place in foreign medical universities.