MCI SHOULD NOT PLAY WITH THE FUTURE OF MEDICAL STUDENTS IN PHILIPPINES
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The latest regulation by MCI for NEET-2018 state that Indian/overseas citizen of India intending to obtain a primary medical qualification from any medical institution outside India on or after May 2018 shall have to mandatorily qualify the NEET for MBBS admission abroad. It further states that students who have already taken admission abroad for primary medical course by taking eligibility certificate from MCI are exempted from qualifying NEET-2018
The problem is with students who have already joined medical colleges in Philippines. It is about 4000 students. There the students need to complete BS, one year pre-medical course, before they join MD ( In may countries MBBS is known as MD). The students who left India in 2017 are presently doing BS and they have to appear BS exam in May and after successful completion of BS they will be enrolled for MD. This is well known to MCI since they have already approved medical education in Philippines.
Factually, students already in Philippines should be exempted from NEET-2018. Just because students there study one year pre medical course as a part of integrated medical studies and they will be applying for eligibility certificate from MCI after completing BS, MCI should not deny the previlage of exemption of NEET-2018 to students already in Philippines. Another problem is that BS is going on at present and they will have exams in the month of May,2018. They can not take a break for appearing NEET 2018. Also for NEET, one needs 2 to 3 months preparation again. If they come back to India for NEET in May,2018, their admission in Philippines may be cancelled and the fees paid will not be refunded. Moreover, their career and future will be shattered. The silence of MCI has created chaos among students fraternity and parents and it is high time, MCI should clarify and must take a decision giving same treatment to all the students went abroad.
In fact MCI should not impose such unilateral decision as the admission in foreign universities are subject rules and regulations of respective countires and when students come back after successful completion of MBBS, MCI approves their degree only after successful completion of screening test.
MCI should come out with immediate clarification and they have no right to play with the future of students.
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