NEET 2018 will be mandatory to study Medicine Abroad, from this academic session. According to the sources in Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, this step will be executed with the aim to ensure that only good quality students study medicine in Foreign Universities. So, from now onwards National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is compulsory to be appeared by the students even if they are going to study Medicine in Foreign Universities.
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) conducts NEET for admission into MBBS, BDS and several other courses in the field of medicine every year. It is likely to notify details related to the examination soon and the test will be conducted on 6 May 2018.
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NEET 2018 will be mandatory to study medicine Abroad - Why this Step has been Taken
Till now, the students who study medical from Foreign Universities would have to appear for Foreign Medical Graduate Examination conducted by the Medical Council of India and only after qualifying it they would be eligible to practice as doctors in the country.
However, it is true that the number of students who qualified that exam was distinctly very less. “Only 10-15 percent of these graduate are able to clear the MCI licentiate examination every year which says a lot about the quality of students and standard of medical education they receive in other countries,” an official in the health ministry said.
Every year approximately 6000 to 7,000 students go outside of India to study medicine. Most of these students go to China and Russia to get their degrees. For now, the rule is that any student who has passed class 12th with 50 percent marks from any board will have to acquire an Eligibility Certificate from MCI, and then only he or she will be able to become a doctor.
One of the officials said that the main concern is about the quality of the student after getting a degree in medicine from abroad and the deficient education that they get in these institutions. He further added that if NEET will be mandatory then this issue can be solved. In this rule, it will be clear that only the top 50 percentile students of NEET will be eligible to study medicine abroad.
The health ministry of India discussed with Ministry of Education of the Chinese government and categorised 45 Medical Colleges in the category of “Good” colleges. The MCI sources told that the students at the time of seeking eligibility certificates will be guided by such recognised medical colleges. This will be done because China attracts the maximum number of medical students from India every year.
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