The Delhi High Court has been informed by the Medical Council of India (MCI) that all candidates, who are taking MBBS admissions abroad can go on the condition that they qualify the NEET UG this year or in 2021.
The MCI said that owing to the “extraordinary” situation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as a one-time measure, candidates can pursue MBBS abroad, provided they fulfil the criteria under the ‘Eligibility Requirement for Taking Admission in an Undergraduate Medical Course in a Foreign Medical Institution Regulations, 2002’ for admission to MBBS courses. The candidates should also fulfil criteria under the ‘Screening Test Regulations, 2002’ and the ‘Regulations on Graduate Medical Education, 1997’, it said.
The submissions were made before Justice V Kameswar Rao by MCI’s lawyer T Singhdev, who said the decision shall be applicable to all candidates, who are taking MBBS admission abroad for which possessing NEET qualification is a prerequisite. He said that the decision has been taken by the MCI pursuant to a concurrence given by the Health Ministry.
Mr. Singhdev also said that it is mandatory for candidates to qualify the NEET 2020 or 2021 and in case they fail to qualify in NEET 2020 or 2021, the decision to continue MBBS studies abroad will be at their own risk as they will not be entitled to appear for the Screening Test and thereby, would not be entitled for grant of provisional or permanent medical registration by the concerned State Medical Council.
The court was hearing a petition filed by Baskara Prasad S Isukapalli seeking one-time exemption for his daughter due to the COVID-19 pandemic from the requirement of clearing NEET UG 2020 for MBBS admission to the ‘Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia’. The petitioner had also sought permission for her daughter to take MBBS admission abroad in the current session and an exception to be given for an opportunity to clear NEET UG in the next three sessions due to the restrictions put by the DGCA, because of which she is unable to travel.
Keeping in view the submissions made by the MCI, petitioner advocate Ashish Upadhyaya said he has no further grievance and that the petition be treated as closed, which was allowed by the court.
The MCI’s counsel also informed the court that in another matter, the Supreme Court was informed that Vande Bharat Mission flights are available for students and efforts will be made by the Ministry of External Affairs to accommodate Indian and Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) students before the NEET exam on September 13 and genuine requests for relaxation of quarantine conditions will be considered.
Source: Times Now
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