The Union Ministry of Health is likely to hold a meeting this week after the NMC asked for its opinion on the direction of the Supreme Court to draft a scheme to help MBBS students from foreign universities affected by the Ukraine crisis. and the pandemic and enable clinical training at medical colleges in India. The highest court on April 29 ordered the National Medical Commission (NMC) to frame the settlement in two months.
Before that, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had written to the Ministry of Health to consider allowing Indian private medical institutes to enroll students, who face such coercive circumstances beyond their control, and their medical courses as a one-off. continue the exception. The letter said that as a result of the war in Ukraine, more than 18,000 Indian students in various years of medical programs there have returned to India under Operation Ganga.
According to an official source, there are no standards under the National Medical Commission Regulations to accommodate Indian students taking medical courses abroad and who had to return home halfway through, in medical colleges here in between an academic session. In March, the regulatory agency said foreign medical graduates with incomplete internships due to situations beyond their control such as COVID-19 or war could finish the same in India.
In a circular, the NMC said the same can be processed by the state medical boards, provided the candidates have passed the Foreign Medical Graduate Examination before applying for the completion of their internship in India. On May 6, the NMC wrote to the Union Ministry of Health that the highest court has ordered the regulatory body to prepare a scheme within two months, effective April 29, to enable respondents and students in similar situations to undergo clinical training in Indian medical colleges. at such costs as NMC may determine.
It also instructed the committee to further analyze or test the candidate in such scheme to verify that such candidate is sufficiently trained to obtain a preliminary registration to complete a 12-month internship. The letter from the NMC stated that the highest court had been advised that many of the medical students who returned from Ukraine would be in different semesters.
But the court held that the scheme should include necessary provisions for students who have returned from Ukraine, the court said. “It is made clear that after the implementation of the NEET, the National Medical Commission will not maintain the list/data related to Indian citizens seeking/pursuing the medical qualification(s) in foreign medical institutes.
“Taking into account the Order of 29 April passed by the Supreme Court, the Ministry of Health is kindly requested to express its opinion/comments on the issue of providing clinical training to foreign medical graduates in India,” said the NMC- secretary.
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