Can’t give MBBS students from Ukraine seats in India: Govt | India News

NEW DELHI: The Union government on Thursday informed the Supreme Court that Indian students pursuing MBBS in Ukraine whose studies were disrupted because of war and subsequent evacuation would not be admitted to medical colleges in India as that would amount to giving ‘backdoor entry’ to less meritorious students.
It carved out an exception for final-year MBBS students and said, “Indian students who were in the last year of their undergraduate medicine courses and had to leave their foreign medical institutions due to Covid-19 or the Russia-Ukraine conflict and subsequently completed their studies to get completion certificate from their respective institutions on or before June 30 have been permitted to appear in Foreign Medical Graduate Examination (FMGE).”
It said on clearing FMGE, the students would have to undergo Compulsory Rotating Medical Internship for a period of two years in India to make up for the clinical training that they could not attend during the undergraduate medicine course in foreign institutes as also to familiarise themselves with the practice of medicine under Indian conditions. A bench led by Justice Hemant Gupta, on request from counsel Swati Ghildiyal, agreed to postpone hearing in the matter by a day to Friday.
Refuting the petitioners’ allegation that candidates with ‘zero’ score in NEET-UG have got admission to private medical colleges, the Centre said that only those who had scored more than 50 percentile marks in NEET, conducted since 2018, were eligible for admission in Indian medical institutions. It said that these students had gone to foreign countries because of their poor NEET scores and the affordability of education in those countries. Admitting these students would “seriously hamper the standards of medical education”, it said.
“In case these students with poor merit are allowed admission in premier medical colleges by default, there may be litigation from those desirous students who could not get admission because of poor NEET scores,” it added.

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