NEET Deemed to be Mandatory for MBBS Aspirants Applying Abroad
NEET is the common entrance test which on passing, qualifies a student aspiring to study medicine eligible to take admission to medical courses all throughout the country. Every year there is an estimated figure of two to three thousand students going abroad to study medicine. Students have to qualify through a screening test called the Foreign Medical Graduates Exam (FMGE) for registration to practice in India after obtaining a primary medical qualification (MBBS) abroad.
The Union Health Ministry has taken the decision to give a nod to MCI’s proposal of making the National Eligibility cum Entrance test compulsory to get an Eligibility Certificate (EC) to pursue a degree in Medicine in foreign colleges.
This path breaking decision taken by the Ministry is going to take some effect with students, thousands in number and more who apply to Russia, China and other countries for such courses.
“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,” proclaimed the health ministry order.
Joint secretary of health ministry, Arun Singhal said, “It speaks a lot about the quality of students and education, and what we are getting in return. Currently, anyone who scores 50% in 12th boards is eligible to go abroad to study medicine. These days scoring 50% isn’t very difficult, which is why MCI proposed making NEET mandatory. This way we can also ensure that students going abroad to study are quality students.”
But not far after making the decision public, the Ministry drew grievances from students pleading that those who have already made their way abroad for their education may be immune from the requirement of qualifying the NEET.
But the health ministry was quick to clear the confusion by stating that students who have already taken admission to pursue a degree in medicine by taking eligibility from MCI were excused from qualifying the NEET.
“It is informed that the regulations prescribe that the Indian citizens or Overseas Citizen of India intending to obtain primary medical qualification from any medical institution outside India, on or after May 2018, shall have to mandatorily qualify the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), for admission to MBBS course abroad. The decision will be implemented prospectively, that is, from May-2018. Thus, students who have already taken admission under current regulations to pursue primary medical course by taking Eligibility Certificate from MCI are exempted from qualifying NEET,” an official statement said.