MBBS in China: Check what NMC has Warned Candidates About
The NMC has recently asked the medical aspirants choosing to pursue MBBS in China to be very careful while applying. The most important thing stated by this body is that medical courses that are offered online will not be considered valid in India.
The Row Over Online Medical Courses
The Ministry of External Affairs reported that a number of different universities in China have started inviting applications for admission to MBBS courses for the current and upcoming academic years.
Thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic and strict travel restrictions, China had suspended all visas starting from November 2020. Thus, Indian medical students haven’t been able to return to their Chinese universities as there still haven’t been no relaxations. This is the reason why many universities are allowing online admission and courses.
In this context, the NMC has clearly stated students completing their MBBS in China online won’t be considered eligible in India and thus, they can’t appear for the Indian licentiate exam (NEXT) as well. This statement of theirs says it all,
“As per the extant rules, National Medical Commission does not recognize or approve courses done only by online mode”
An NMC Gazette Recap
As many of you might know, the NMC gazette says that,
“No foreign medical graduate shall be granted permanent registration unless s/he has undergone a course leading to foreign medical degree with a minimum duratrion of of 54 months (4.5 years)”
Apart from this, the students need to undergo a mandatory internship in the same foreign institution as well as a separate mandatory internship in India. In addition to this, the foreign medical graduates have to appear for the Indian medical licentiate exam i.e. the NEXT Exam.
In this context, the NMC has warned the Indian medical aspirants to keep in mind the above guidelines of the NMC gazette as if the duration of the course and/or internship is less than the prescribes number, the foreign medical degrees shall be considered invalid in India.
Thus, these graduates will also not be eligible for the NEXT Exam!
However, the NMC has assured that the students that the guidelines mentioned in the NMC Gazette shall not apply to the candidates currently pursuing courses abroad, including China.
Currently, Indian students have planned a Twitter campaign on February 13th, 2022 to demand the return to China.
On the other hand, the spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry Zhao Lijan has assured that the Chinese government puts the return of foreign students as priority. He said inhis statement that ,
“We are considering in a coordinated manner the arrangement for allowing foreign students to return to China for their studies. We stand ready to work actively toward the healthy, safe and orderly cross-border flow of people on the basis of sound anti-epidemic protocols.”
The actual timeline regarding the return for Indian students still remains to be seen.
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