Students aspiring to pursue UG medical courses in universities abroad will have to clear NEET to obtain Essentiality Certificate (EC). On February 13, 2018, the Union Health Ministry has approved the proposal of MCI making NEET mandatory to take up UG medical courses abroad. The central government’s decision will affect over 2,000-3,000 students who apply for medical courses in Russia, China, Germany and other countries.
Union Health Ministry has issued an official notification regarding mandatory NEET rule for pursuing MBBS abroad. An official of MCI revealed that foreign institutes admit Indian students for medical courses without proper assessment. These institutes do not screen students’ ability whether they are fit to pursue medical education or not. As a result, many of the students are failing in screening test, he added.
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Annually, over 12 lakh students appear for NEET exam for the admission to MBBS course. Out of them, only six lakh students qualify, and these students compete for 68,000 MBBS seats available across the country. Over two lakh students who do not get admission in MBBS join AYUSH courses. Every year, four lakh students are left with no choice and forced to look for alternative career options. Only 2,000-3,000 students are able to take up medical courses abroad every year.
Students who complete MBBS course abroad will have to appear for FMGE (Foreign Medical Graduates Exam) for registration to practice medicine in India. The pass percentage of Indian students in FMGE is very low. Only 10-15% Indian students are able to clear the exam.
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