Medical Council of India (MCI) will give no objection certificates to students trying to pursue MBBS and BDS abroad only if they have cleared the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET UG 2018). It is on the basis of recommendation from Ministry of Health that the decision was taken by the Central Board of Secondary Education and issued a notification in this connection.
Many Indian students go abroad to pursue studies on medicine and BDS. Their preferred destination is Russia and China. Their number is approximately between 6000 and 7000. Out of this nearly 2000 belong to Kerala.
However it would be difficult to prevent students from going abroad for pursuing study of medicine, many in education circles believe. Foreign universities are free to admit students and they are not bound by the restrictions imposed by India. Therefore what the Indian authorities can at best do is to allow medical graduates cleared by NEET only be allowed to write Foreign Medical Graduate Examination (FMGE)needed for practising in India.
The notification of the CBSE also bars students passing out of open schools from taking the NEET examinations to be held on May 6, as they pursued education in correspondence mode.
CBSE sources say that the new regulations are introduced to prevent mediocre students from pursuing medical courses by paying huge amounts of money. It is pointed that very few medical graduates from abroad are able to clear the examination to practice in India. Foreign medical graduates who have cleared FMGE were between 13.09 per cent and 26.9 per cent in the last five years. The main reason is that foreign universities do not conduct any entrance tests before admitting them to such professional courses.