NEET compulsory for taking MBBS admission abroad

| | New Delhi

Medical aspirants keen to study MBBS abroad will have to pass the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET). The Union Health Ministry on Tuesday made the NEET mandatory for even those who wish to pursue medical courses in foreign universities.

NEET, also known as common National Entrance Exam, was introduced in 2016 for admission to Government and private medical colleges in the country. At present, a student who wishes to take up admission to a medical course outside India has to obtain an 'Essentiality Certificate' from the MCI. Every year, around 7,000 students go out of India to study medicine, mostly to China and Russia.

But now onwards, students aspiring to study medicine outside India will be given a No-Objection Certificate (NOC) only if they clear NEET, an official said.

"It has come to notice that medical institutions/ universities of foreign countries admit Indian students without proper assessment or screening of the students' academic ability to cope up with medical education with the result that many students fail to qualify the screening test.

"In this regard, the proposal of the Medical Council of India (MCI) to amend the Screening Test Regulations, 2002, making it mandatory to qualify NEET to pursue foreign medical course has been approved by this ministry," according to an official statement. "Thus, the Indian citizens /overseas citizens of India intending to obtain primary medical qualification from any medical institution outside India, on or after May 2018, shall have mandatorily pass  NEET for admission to MBBS course abroad," it added.

A senior official said that, "A mere 12-15 per cent of the graduates who come back after studying abroad manage to clear the Foreign Medical Graduates Examination (FMGE). "If they don't clear the FMGE, they don't get registered to practise in India. In such cases, they start quackery or practise illegally, which can be dangerous. So the move is aimed at ensuring only competent students get to study medicine in foreign universities," he said. FMGE is an examination conducted by the MCI before giving licence to doctors to practise.



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