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Eligibility exam cleared by a mere 15 percent of foreign students

Eligibility exam cleared by a mere 15 percent of foreign students

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The NEXT proposal by the union government comes at a time when the eligibility test  for foreign students completing their MBBS course is reported to soon be cancelled.  The proposal reports TOI, has been meeting with strong disapproval from many in the medical community. Interestingly, the new proposal categorically states that foreign students with MBBS degrees from abroad seeking provisional or permanent registration do not have to qualify a screening test.

“It is a paradox that the Union health ministry and Niti Aayog are exempting foreign medical graduates, who seldom see patients. They can practice any where in the country without any quality checks,” said Dr N Sulphi, Kerala State Secretary elect of Indian Medical Association.

Presently about 3,000 to 4,000 foreign-educated MBBS graduates come to India each year. When passing the eligibility test to become registered medical practitioners was mandatory, the pass percentage was a mere 15 percent, said Dr. Mohanan. “Now, this quality check has been stopped at a time when the graduates from countries like China, Russia, Ukraine, Philippines and African countries are passing out without seeing any patient,” he added.

Dr P S Jinesh, a health activist being critical of the government stance on foreign students said that he was surprised that the government was imposing quality checks on doctors who are passing out from government medical colleges with high standards, while foreign students passing out of foreign universities without any patient care expertise were being let off without checks.

Travancore Cochin Medical Council, differing from the governments stance on foreign students stated, “They have to undergo strict housesurgency for a year in the government sector before they get their registration. It is perhaps the best quality check we are making for foreign graduates. At least, we are ensuring that they are seeing patients,” said Dr Mohanan.

Source: with inputs
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  1. Shame on #IMA for spreading a false new. IMA is always against about Quality Check of Indian Medical Graduates (IMG) because if #IMG and #FMG (Foreign Medical Grads) will get evaluated on common platform then people will stop taking paid seats in India specially in Private Medical Schools, which will cause them to loose on lakhs of rupees in terms of Donation and other white collar names. people will fly to countries like #Russia, Ukraine or other countries. The Screening test is not cancelled it\’s just renamed as \”NEXT\” it will be for 3 categories or we can say its a 3 in 1 test (1) Registration exam for FMG. (2) Exit Test for IMG. (3) Entrance Exam for MS / MD courses (masters degree entrance). This decisions is welcomed by all the #MBBS students #StudyingAbroad. It\’ll help us to get the Quality doctors. instead of some pathetic future doctors those who have got admission by paying money or taking admission with help of caste quota.

  2. IMA is that spreading false news .. Foreign graduates exam is cancelled and they have to write NEXT instead of FMGE .. so no rules changed for them .. This NEXT will be welcomed by foreign graduates as this will be a fair play between IMG n FMG …

  3. Foreign medical graduates would also sit in EXIT exam , so why this fuss? We want to check foreign and Indian medical graduates by sitting on a common EXIT exam. And those who are competent would pass, those who are not competent ( whether Indian or foreign graduates) would be denied medical registration. A fair play.

  4. It\’s not that foreign medical graduates would not be checked, screening test is cancelled – yes , they have to pass the EXIT exam to get MCI registration. A common exit exam for foreign medical graduates and Indian medical graduates is a level field playing exam. Why IMA is misleading public. Foreign medical graduates would also be screened.