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Medical Council of India (MCI) proposal to amend the Screening Test Regulations 2002, approved by Health Ministry. It is now mandatory to qualify NEET to pursue the foreign medical course.
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A common National Entrance Exam viz. National Eligibility cum Entrance Test has been made mandatory for admission to all medical courses in the country. Indian students can also pursue medical education abroad and have to qualify a Screening Test called Foreign Medical Graduates Exam (FMGE), for registration to practice in India after obtaining primary medical qualification (MBBS) overseas.
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.
The Medical Council of India (MCI) is a statutory body for establishing uniform and high standards of medical education in India. The Council grants recognition of medical qualifications gives accreditation to medical schools, grants registration to medical practitioners, and monitors medical practice in India.
NOTE4STUDENTS-The National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill, 2017, the bill seeks to replace the Medical Council of India with National Medical Commission as top regulator of medical education in India.
It would also put in place a four-tier structure for the regulation of medical education. The 20 member National Medical Commission will be at the top of this structure.