It will be mandatory to pass the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for the Students going abroad for medical studies.The Union Health Ministry has decided to make it compulsory from next year. This proposal is going to be included in the upcoming notification for NEET.
The article on compulsory National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for students going to foreign land was first published in a leading Hindi daily ‘Hindustan’ on 24th May. According to the high ranking official sources of the Union Health Ministry, the Central Government had amended the Medical Education Regulation Act for admission in MBBSafter the order of the Supreme Court. After this, NEET has become mandatory to become a doctor in India. It is also within the purview of this law that if any Indian takes a medical degree from anywhere, then first he must pass it. Even if a foreign citizen wants to study medicalstudies in India, he has to pass NEET.
Even After obtaining a degree, screening test will also be given.
TheMinistry said that those students who are willing to pursue medical studies from abroad in the 2018-19 session should first pass the NEET. To study medicine abroad, a certificate of qualification needs to be obtained from MCI first. This certificate will be given to those who will be able to pass NEET properly. If someone gets a medical degree from abroad without passing it properly, then it will not be valid in India.
Till now screening test needs to be taken by medicos after getting a foreign medical degree. This system will be continued. The Central Government official said that this decision will improve the quality of the students acquiring aforeign medical degree. 80 percent of the youngsters studying medical studies in abroad fails in the first attempt of the screening test. On the other hand, in India, nearly 12 lakh students appear in NEET every year, out of which six lakhs pass it. But onlyaround 65 thousand seats are available for them.
In NEET there would be many changes being incorporated from next year. As such, now the general category students can attempt till 25 years of their age and the reserved category candidates can attempt till 30 years of their age. The provision of three attempts has been abolished. At the same time, the examinations will be held twice a year and the best score of the students will be included.
Medical studies overseas
– 9 to10 thousand students go abroad each year for a medical degree. If we talk about Indian students currentlypursuing medical studies in foreign lands, then from reliable sources it can be concluded that about fifteen thousand students are there in China, seven thousand in Russia and about six thousand are present in other countries.
– The reason behind getting the medical education from abroad is to easy availability of admission in comparison to India and it is cheaper than the fees taken by private colleges in India.
– There is theavailability of numerous medical seats in various countries including Russia, China, where an Indian student easily get admission without any test. While in medical stream, admission is extremely difficult in India.