Judgment on whether medical aspirants can purse overseas MBBS without qualifying NEET to be passed soon
The judgment for a petition demanding no NEETqualification for MBBS aspirants planning to study medicine abroad is pending with the High Court of Delhi. Students will be left with no choice but to waste years in the hope for clearing NEET or drop their dreams of becoming doctors, said a student.
If you're a medical aspirant and wondering if you can pursue overseas MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) without qualifying NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test), read on.
Why students go abroad to study medicine
"Many students may lose the chance of enrolling for MBBS this year as they have not qualified NEET," says Saju Bhaskar, President of Texila American University, an overseas university based in the Caribbean.
There are less than 60,000 medical seats in India including both Government and private medical colleges, he said.
The key reason why students go abroad to study medicine, according to Bhaskar, is because of lack of seats in India, cost effective education fees and an opportunity to practice abroad with better pay packages.
Current rule for foreign medical graduates
It is to be noted that once a foreign medical graduate returns to India to practice as a doctor, he/she will have to go through a stringent process of clearing FMGE (Foreign Medical Graduate Exam) exam.
Only once he/she clears it, he/she can practice as a doctor in India.
If FMGE is mandatory, NEET shouldn't be
"There is no need to have so many levels of knowledge test screenings. If FMGE is mandatory for foreign medical graduates then there should be no need for them to qualify NEET exam to study abroad," says Radhika Madan, a MBBS final year student studying in a college in Russia.
Students will be left with no choice but to waste years in the hope for clearing NEET or drop their dreams of becoming doctors, she adds.
Admission stuck till HC passes judgment
"My admission process is stuck half-way. I wanted to study in a college in South America but unfortunately due to prolonged illness I could not perform well in NEET and was unable to clear it. Studying in South America would have given me brighter future prospects since I would have the option to do PG (Post Graduation) in the US and practice as a doctor in there," says an MBBS aspirant, Rajesh Bedi.
Now I have to wait until the High Court passes its judgment, he laments.
The current scenario
Students are hopeful that the judgment will be a positive one and that they will not have to waste more time.
The final hearing regarding the petition is expected to take place anytime soon.