She was responding to a question about whether the government was proposing to frame a program for admitting students who returned from China and those evacuated from Ukraine to medical schools in the country and also allowing them to do their internship.
Pawar in his written response stated that Section 14 of the NMC Act 2019 mandates the holding of a uniform entrance examination namely the National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) in all undergraduate and postgraduate medical education institutions.
Further, Clause 8(iv) of the Eligibility Requirements for Admission to an Undergraduate Medical Course in a Foreign Medical Institution Regulations 2002 provides that any Indian Citizen/Overseas Indian Citizen having intending to obtain a primary medical qualification from a medical institution outside India, commencing May 2018, will be required to qualify the National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to the MBBS course.
The NEET result will be deemed to be treated as the certificate of eligibility for such individuals and no separate authorization is required from NMC, Pawar said.
Therefore, data on students going abroad to pursue MBBS studies is not centrally managed.
“The NMC, for the betterment of Indian students pursuing medical studies abroad, a circular dated 04.03.2022 has allowed foreign medical graduates with an incomplete internship due to such a constraining situation which eludes under their control, such as war and COVID-19 pandemic, etc. complete the remaining part of their internship in India subject to such candidates passing the FMGE (Screening Test), which is compulsory for Indian students holding a a foreign medical degree to practice medicine in India,” she said.