NMC plans to relieve Indian medical students from Ukraine and China

The National Medical Commission is actively considering allowing final-year medical students who have returned from Ukraine and China to complete their studies online at their parent universities and then take the graduate medical examination at the abroad (FMGE) here, official sources said.

The concession, intended to help Indian students forced to interrupt their studies due to the war in Ukraine and the pandemic in China, will be a one-time measure, they said. Students who pass the FMGE may be allowed to complete an internship under the Mandatory Rotating Medical Internship (CRMI) regulations for two years instead of one year, the NMC’s Undergraduate Medical Board (UGMEB) said in a proposal to the Ministry of Health. The doubling of the internship period aims to fill the training gap in clinical and practical skills. However, first- and second-year MBBS students from Ukraine and China are unlikely to get any relief. UGMEB has suggested that they sit for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for college admission in India based on their merit, an official source told PTI. Explaining the proposal, he said students of all years could be allowed to travel to a foreign country to complete their courses if they do not accept the UGMEB plan.

“CIS countries such as Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Romania have already shown their willingness to allow further studies for candidates affected by the global crisis in their countries,” the source said. NMC regulations released last year state that undergraduate courses must be taken at only one institution/university to stand for FMGE. About 40,000 medical students in Ukraine and China have returned home. An MBBS degree takes five and a half years – nine semesters over four and a half years and a one-year internship.

UGMEB, a source said, said it was not possible to accommodate or transfer these medical students from different institutes in Ukraine to Indian medical colleges to complete their qualifications for several reasons. The NMC is of the view that the foreign medical qualification course curriculum is not in line with what is prescribed under the Indian medical education system nor is it up to par with its standards. UGMEB also cited the non-availability of adequate infrastructure and faculties in Indian medical colleges/institutes to train additional number of medical students from outside. Deliberations within the NMC and the Ministry of Health began after the Supreme Court on April 29 ordered the regulatory body to develop a two-month program to enable MBBS students affected by war and pandemic to complete their clinical training at medical schools here, the source told PTI. At present, there are no standards under the NMC regulations to accommodate Indian students pursuing medical courses abroad who had to return home in the middle of their academic term.

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Helen D. Jessen