New Delhi: Those wanting to study MBBS in foreign universities have to clear the NEET as the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India decided to make the test mandatory for them so that only competent students make the cut.
The students who aspire to pursue MBBS or BDS abroad will be given a no-objection certificate by the Medical Council of India only if they have cleared the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET UG 2018).
The official said that among those who go abroad to study medicine, around 12 to 15 percent of the graduates manage to clear the Foreign Medical Graduates Examination (FMGE), a licensure examination conducted by the Medical Council of India.
“A mere 12 to 15 percent of the graduates, who come back after studying abroad, manage to clear the FMGE. If they don’t clear the FMGE, they don’t get registered to practice in India.
“In such cases, they start quackery or practice illegally which can be dangerous. So the move is aimed at ensuring only competent students get to study medicine in foreign universities,” the official said.
Every year, around 7,000 students go outside India to study medicine. Most of the students go to Russia and China.
“As per the data, the percentage of graduates who have studied abroad and have cleared the FMGE has ranged between 13 and 26.9 percent in the last five years. This is really a matter of concern as they go out, spend lot of money of their parents and are not able to contribute to the healthcare in India once they come back,” the official explained.
Former joint commissioner for entrance examinations Rajoo Krishnan told that it was difficult for the health ministry to ensure that students who did not clear NEET are not admitted to foreign universities. However, it can make a provision that only the medical graduates who have cleared the NEET are allowed to write Foreign Medical Graduate Examination (FMGE) needed for practising in the country, said Mr Krishnan.
The notification also barred students passing out of open schools from taking the test as they pursued education in the correspondence mode. The students who passed out of the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) will not be able to take the NEET to be conducted by the CBSE on May 6. The proposal is aimed at preventing mediocre medical aspirants from getting a degree from foreign medical colleges merely by paying huge amounts of money. Most of these students do not pass the test required to practise in the country.
The data speaks for itself. In the last five years, the percentage of foreign medical graduates who have cleared the Foreign Medical Graduate Examination (FMGE) has varied from 13.09 per cent to 26.9 per cent. The absence of entrance tests in foreign medical institutes is also a key factor for suboptimal performance by foreign medical graduates in screening tests.
There are two reasons for poor results. First, the quality of medical education imparted in many countries is substandard being result of Many students lured by Agents(who work for the only sake of their commissions) into getting enrolled to colleges providing admission with low fees and compromised infrastructure, retarded educational program and unexperienced faculty. Second, the students are not competitive enough to qualify for medical education in India, the official explained.
According to data from the National Board of Examinations (NBE) which conducts the FMGE, around 63,000 foreign medical graduates have taken the FMGE in the last five years.
As per records, since 2011, China has been the most-preferred destination for obtaining primary medical qualification for Indian students travelling outside India. Russia, formerly the top choice, is now the second favourite. Ukraine and Nepal are the other popular choices
Information Bulletin for NEET(UG) – 2018 can be downloaded here: https://cbseneet.nic.in/cbseneet/Welcome.aspx
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