National Medical Commission preparing to give relief to Indian medical students returned from Ukraine and China

National Medical Commission preparing to give relief to Indian medical students returned from Ukraine and China

The National Medical Commission (NMC) is considering allowing final-year medical students who returned from Ukraine and China to complete online education from their native universities and then appear for the Foreign Medical Graduate Examination (FMGE) here.

According to official sources, Indian students were forced to leave their studies midway due to the war in Ukraine and the pandemic in China. He said that in such a situation, the concession is being planned as a one-time measure to help these students. NMC's Undergraduate Medical Education Board (UGMEB), in a proposal to the Health Ministry, has allowed students who pass FMGE to do an internship for two years instead of one year under the 'Compulsory Rotating Medical Internship' (CRMI) rules. May go. The objective of doubling the internship period is to bridge the gap in clinical and practical skills training.

However, the MBBS first and second-year students from Ukraine and China are unlikely to get any relief. An official source said that UGMEB has suggested that they appear in the NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) exam for college admission in India. Elaborating on the proposal, he said that students of all classes can be allowed to go abroad to complete their courses if the students do not agree with the plan of UGMEB. "CIS countries such as Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Romania have already shown their willingness to allow continuing studies for candidates affected by the global crisis in their countries," the source said.

The NMC rules issued last year state that the courses need to be completed from the same institute/university to join FMGE. About 40 thousand students studying medicine in Ukraine and China have returned home. MBBS degree is of five and a half years duration consisting of nine semesters and a one-year internship in four and half years. A source said that UGMEB has stated that due to various reasons, it is not possible to accommodate or transfer these medical students from various institutions in Ukraine to complete their studies in Indian medical colleges. The NMC is of the view that foreign medical courses are not in sync with the Indian medical education system and the standards laid down thereunder.

UGMEB has also cited the non-availability of adequate infrastructural facilities and faculties in Indian medical colleges/institutions to train additional medical students from outside. The source said that the discussions between the NMC and the health ministry began after the Supreme Court on April 29 directed the regulatory body to prepare a plan in two months so that the MBBS students affected by the war and the pandemic could be admitted to the medical colleges here. To be able to complete clinical training.

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