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Court order brings respite to medical students

Setting the path for students aspiring to pursue MBBS in various foreign countries so far not recognised by the Medical Council of India, the Delhi High Court has asked it to consider granting eligibility certificates to seven students willing to join medical courses in China.

india Updated: Aug 07, 2006 14:06 IST

Setting the path for students aspiring to pursue MBBS in various foreign countries so far not recognised by the Medical Council of India, the Delhi High Court has asked it to consider granting eligibility certificates to seven students willing to join medical courses in China.

The interim order provides a ray of hope for upto 20,000 students seeking to join MBBS courses in 500 top foreign institutes, mostly in China, this year and return to India as a doctor.

Eligibility certificate is a must if  a student wants to come back and write the screening test to practice in India with a foreign medicine degree. The decision, which can be utilised by all students seeking eligibility certificates from MCI for this academic year came on a petition filed by seven students contesting the eligibility  criteria of MCI that restricts admissions to only those colleges mentioned in the Council’s 1956 Act.

Till now MBBS degrees from only few countries including Nepal, Bangladesh, Russia, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Romania were considered valid by the Indian Medical  Council (IMC) Act.

But a series of amendments were made in Act  in 1963, 1999 and 2001 by which all colleges or universities across the globe mentioned in the World Directory of Medical Colleges published by the WHO would be recognised by the MCI.

China is not recognised by the IMC Act but figures in the WHO list. But students say the MCI was not interested in adhering to it due to “mysterious” reasons.

“The MCI is yet to come out with a complete list of colleges where the aspirants can apply. It is important for us to ensure we do not end up in a wrong university,” says 18-year-old Abhey Saxena, one of the beneficiaries of the court order,  who is  packing his bags for China.