Some students applying in medical universities abroad may not have to clear NEET
The Medical Council of India(MCI) has declared that one-time exemption from requirement for qualifying NEET for the year 2018-2019 can be granted to only those students who had not registered for NEET UG-2018
As of today, Indian students who wish to pursue a career in medicine abroad have to qualify the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test, before they can be given a No-Objection Certificate (NOC) by the Union Ministry of Health and family Welfare. Furthermore, these students who obtained a medical degree from an institution abroad have to qualify a screening test, i.e. Foreign Medical Graduate Examination(FMGE), to register themselves with the MCI for practicing in India.
This regulation has been effective since may 2018. Some students however, had secured admissions in medical colleges in Russia before May 31st. These students petitioned against the above mentioned regulation, stating that their date of joining the university is 15th of September, 2018 and they were not aware of the changes made in the regulations. Hence, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has decided in consultation with MCI, that a one time exemption for requirement for qualifying NEET for the academic year 2018-2019 can be granted to only those students who have not registered for NEET UG 2018, subject to the following conditions :
- The candidates shall furnish an undertaking that they had not registered for NEET UG-2018.
- The candidates shall obtain the Eligibility Certificate prior to admission/ joining foreign medical universities.
- There shall be no exemption for students who appeared for NEET UG 2018, and failed to secure the minimum qualifying marks.
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