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China, Kyrgyzstan, Philippines, Russia Emerge Top Destinations for MBBS Abroad as per MCI Data

China, Kyrgyzstan, Philippines, Russia Emerge Top Destinations for MBBS Abroad as per MCI Data

Based on the last three years MCI data, maximum number of students applied for eligibility certificates to study MBBS at China, followed by Russia and Kyrgyzstan. In 2017-18, students also increasingly applied for Philippines, Ukraine, Bangladesh

New Delhi: Countries of China, Kyrgyzstan, Philippines, Russia were the preferred choice for medical aspirants when it came to pursuing MBBS abroad, the recent MCI data provided by the MOS health to the parliament showed. The data summarised the applications received by MCI for Eligibility Certificate

The minister informed the Parliament that it is mandatory for every Indian student wishing to obtain primary medical qualification from an institution outside the country on or after 15/03/2002, abroad to must obtain an eligibility certificate from MCI as per the provisions made u/s 13(4B) of the IMC Act, 1956 and clause 4(2)of the Screening Test Regulations 2002.

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The Minister further told that as per information provided by the Medical Council of India (MCI), the exact number of Indian students studying MBBS or equivalent medical course in various medical institutions outside the country is not available with the Council. Instead, the minister provided the data on available with the MCI on eligiblity certficates issued by the council.

Based on the applications for eligibility certificate received, the total number of Indian students who have taken admission during the last three years 2016, 2017 & 2018 are 8901,15165and 17496 respectively and for the current year, 2019 up to 27.6.2019 the applications received are 4558.

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Based on the last three years data, maximum number of students applied for eligibility certificates to study MBBS at China, followed by Russia and Kyrgyzstan. In 2017-18, students also increasingly applied for Philippines, Ukraine, Bangladesh

Following table summarises the total applications received for eligibility certificate in 2016, 17 and 18: 

Total Applications Received
Name of the Country 2016 2017 2018
Armenia 102 152 301
Australia 1 1
Azerbaijan Republic 13
Bahrain
Bangladesh 732 1009 1584
Belarus 119 116 112
Belize 8 29 108
Bulgaria 26 70 12
China 1776 2852 3700
Cuba 2
Curacao 1
Czechoslovakia 1 19 5
France 1
Georgia 933 1920 1254
Guyana 36 70 39
Hungary 2 5 3
Iran 44 67 43
Ireland 2 5
Kazakhstan 429 726 767
Kenya 1
Kyrgyzstan 1744 2890 2132
Malaysia 6 36 24
Mauritius 60 192 210
Nepal 135 203 549
Netherlands Antilles 22 7 18
Nigeria 1 1
Oman 2 2 1
Pakistan 5 27 78
Papua New Guinea 2
Philippines 66 205 2244
Poland 1 18 13
Republic of Latvia 9 6 1
Republic of Lithuania 2 4
Republic of Moldova 7 98 61
Romania 1 2 1
Russian Federation 1479 2336 1789
Saudi Arabia 1
Sri Lanka 1
Tajikistan 203 394 162
Tanzania 1
U.A.E. 3 2 27
The U.S.A. 2 4 45
Uganda 1 5
Ukraine 866 1575 1892
United Kingdom 2 3 1
West Indies 71 113 267
Yemen 1
Zambia 1 1
Total 8901 15165 17496
Grand Total 41562

Mentioned below is the total applications received by the Medical Council of India during January 2019 to June 2019:

Name of the Country Number of Applications
Armenia 126
Australia 2
Azerbaijan Republic 1
Bahrain 0
Bangladesh 494
Belarus 1
Belize 19
Bulgaria 1
China 1225
Cuba 0
Curacao 1
Czechoslovakia 0
France 0
Georgia 177
Guyana 70
Hungary 1
Iran 7
Ireland 0
Kazakhstan 200
Kenya 0
Kyrgyzstan 455
Malaysia 47
Mauritius 119
Nepal 137
Netherlands Antilles 7
Nigeria 0
Oman 0
Pakistan 16
Papua New Guinea 0
Panama 1
Philippines 694
Poland 2
Republic of Latvia 1
Republic of Lithuania 0
Republic of Moldova 67
Romania 3
Russian Federation 186
Saudi Arabia 1
Sri Lanka 0
Seychelles 1
Tajikistan 66
Tanzania 0
U.A.E. 9
U.S.A. 3
Uganda 1
Ukraine 361
United Kingdom 0
West Indies 56
Yemen 0
Zambia 0
Total 4558

The minister further in his reply stated that  As per the provisions made u/s 13(4B) of the IMC Act, 1956 and clause 4(2) of the Screening Test Regulations 2002 an Indian citizen/OCI intending to obtain primary medical qualification from a medical institution outside the country on or after 15/03/2002, is required to obtain an Eligibility Certificate from the Medical Council of India.

However, as per the decision of the Executive Committee of the then Medical Council of India, Indian citizens/OCI who have taken admission during the period 15/05/2013 to 03/01/2014, are exempted from the requirement of Eligibility Certificate. Accordingly, the Medical Council of India is issuing Eligibility Certificate in respect of Indian citizens/OCI who have applied and whose applications are found in order as per the statutory provisions/requirements of the MCI Regulations.

He mentioned that as per the amendments made in the “Screening Test Regulations, 2002” and “Eligibility Requirement for Taking Admission in an Undergraduate Medical Course in a Foreign Medical Institution Regulation, 2002”, vide Notification dated 01/03/2018, an Indian citizen/OCI intending to obtain primary medical qualification from a medical institution outside the country shall have to mandatorily qualify the NEET for admission to MBBS or equivalent medical course and the result of NEET shall be deemed to be treated as Eligibility Certificate for such persons. They are not required to obtain eligibility certificate from the Medical Council of India.

He specifically stated that Only the Indian citizens/OCI who have taken admission in MBBS or equivalent the medical course at various medical institutions outside the country during the period 15/05/2013 to 03/01/2014 (Ordinance period) and/or who have qualified NEET from 2018 onwards, are exempted from the requirement of Eligibility Certificate from the Medical Council of India.

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