Students allowed to take medical courses abroad must qualify for NEET in 2020 or 21: MCI Communicates HC Education

The Delhi High Court has been informed by the Medical Council of India (MCI) that all candidates admitted to foreign universities to take a medical course can go on condition that they pass the NEET-UG this year or earlier qualify in 2021.

The MCI stated that due to the “exceptional” situation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, candidates can go abroad as a one-off measure to complete a medical course, provided they meet the eligibility criteria for admission to an Undergraduate Medical Course in a Foreign Medical Institution Regulations, 2002 ‘for admission to MBBS courses.

Candidates should also meet criteria under the Screening Test Regulations, 2002 and the Regulations on Graduate Medical Education, 1997.

The filings were filed in front of Justice V Kameswar Rao by MCI’s attorney T Singhdev, who said the decision was applicable to any candidate who is admitted to a foreign institute or university to pursue a foreign medical qualification for which they are over have a national qualification with an admission test (a Bachelor qualification is required.

He said the decision was made by the MCI based on approval from the Department of Health and Family Welfare.

Singhdev said it was up to the candidates to qualify the NEET-UG in 2020 or 2021. In the event they do not qualify, the decision to continue foreign medical courses is at their own risk as they are not eligible to appear for the screening test and therefore would not be eligible for temporary or permanent registration with the relevant state medical council To give.

The court heard a petition from Baskara Prasad S. Isukapalli requesting a one-time exemption for his daughter from the NEET release requirement for admission to Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia for the current academic session due to the COVID-19 pandemic 2020-2021.

The petitioner had also asked for permission for her daughter to get admission to the foreign university in the current session and an exception for the possibility to delete NEET in the next three sessions due to the restrictions imposed by the DGCA she cannot travel.

In light of the comments made by MCI, petitioners’ attorney Ashish Upadhyaya said he had no further complaints and that the petition should be treated as closed, which was approved by the court.

The MCI’s attorney also informed the court that on another matter the Supreme Court had been informed that flights to the Vande Bharat Mission are available for students and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will make efforts to recruit Indian and Foreign Citizenship Students (OCI) Prior to taking the September 13 NEET exam and genuine requests to relax quarantine conditions will be considered.


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