The government on Friday stated that students who couldn’t finish their internships in countries like China or Ukraine due to the pandemic or War will now be able to complete their education in the country provided they qualify for the FMCG exam, which is mandatory for student’s with foreign medical degrees to be able to practice medicine in India stated Bharti Pravin Pawar, the minister of state for health.
Pawar in her statement pointed that section 14 of the NMC act of 2019 advocated conducting a standardized entrance examination, the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test to all medical colleges across the country at undergraduate and post graduate levels. Clause 8 (4) states that any Indian citizen expecting to receive any primary medical qualification from medical institutions outside India on or after May 2018 shall have to compulsorily qualify for the NEET for a seat at any medical college. The NEET result shall work as the qualifying certificate in such cases. No other document will be required in these cases, Pawar stated. This is also the reason why a record of student’s studying medicine abroad is not maintained by the central government.
“The NMC, for the betterment of Indian student pursuing medical studies abroad, vide circular dated 04.03.2022 has allowed foreign medical graduates with incomplete internship due to such compelling situation which is beyond their control such as war and pandemic etc. to complete their remaining part of internship in India subject to the condition that such candidates must have cleared FMGE (Screening Test), which is mandatory for Indian students with foreign medical qualification to practice medicine in India,” she declared.
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