Undeterred by the Medical Council of India’s (MCI) rejection of the Punjab government’s move to grant admission to nonresident Indian candidates to MBBS and BDS courses on the basis of marks secured in class 12 exams, the Himachal government has decided to go ahead with the same decision. According to the admission notification issued by the state’s medical education directorate NRI candidates can seek admission for MBBS courses in any in all private or government college without appearing in an entrance test even though the MCI had made it clear this was a mandatory requirement for all medical colleges in the country.
Earlier, in response to the Punjab government’s move, the MCI stated it was contrary to the council’s mandate and any degrees awarded to students who are admitted without appearing in an entrance test would not be recognised under the Indian Medical Council Act of 1956. “No state council will recognise the degrees of such students,” the MCI had said, asking the Punjab government to retract its decision.
The Punjab medical education department had earlier announced NRI candidates would be granted admission to MBBS and BDS courses in the state’s medical colleges on the basis of class 12 marks in case seats were vacant.
Dr Arvind Goyal, a PMT trainer in Chandigarh who sent a representation against the Himachal government’s decision to grant admission to NRI candidates without appearing in an entrance test to the MCI, said: “The Himachal medical education department should learn from the Punjab government’s experience. It’s a well established fact that nonmeritorious students are admitted to medical colleges, ruining their careers as the degrees awarded would not be recognized,” he said.
Medical colleges in Chandigarh have also been admitting NRI candidates on the basis marks secured in of class 12 exams. However, the UT administration recently announced admission would be granted to only those NRI candidates who clear the entrance test.
MBBS seats in Himachal
* 350 MBBS seats in three medical colleges including a private college
* 50 MBBS seats reserved for NRIs
What MCI says
* The Medical Council of India has already made it clear granting admission to MBBS/BDS courses without candidates appearing for an entrance test is contrary to the Graduate Medical Education Regulations of 1997
* The council has stated selection of students will done only on merit determined by the scores in a competitive examination in the interest of uniform evaluation, since different examination agencies have different qualifying standards
* It further said since NRI candidates come from countries with varying educational standards medical colleges should draw up uniform admission criteria