In an attempt to boost up the shortage of doctors and perking up health facilities in the state, the Bihar government on tuesday decided to consider foreign MBBS degree holders for employment in Bihar Health Services (BHS).
A decision in this regard was taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. Earlier MBBS degree holders from foreign universities were not eligible for BHS as there was no provision or rules regarding their employment.
Informing about the decision, Principal Secretary (Cabinet Coordination) B Pradhan said "MBBS degree holders from foreign universities are now eligible to take written examinations and interviews conducted for appointment of doctors on government service. Such persons will be given 50 per cent weightage or maximum 25 marks in written and oral exams."
"Bihar needs doctors. Besides, if a boy or girl is the son of the soil, but has done MBBS at any foreign university, there should not be any discrimination against him or her. The only thing mandatory is, they should be registered with the Medical Council of India (MCI)," he said.
Pradhan said the decision taken by the cabinet would come as a boon for those who have completed medical education from universities in Russia, Ukraine, China, Singapore and other countries. At present Bihar has around 500 people who have completed MBBS from such universities.