Center is currently mulling over a proposal which may make the NEET exam (National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test) compulsory for the students who are planning to study the medicine abroad. The news was confirmed by a senior official at the health ministry.
Last year, government made NEET necessary for the students who wish to pursue higher studies in the medicine in India in government or private colleges.
The proposal suggests that a student who is unable to clear the NEET exam will not be given the Essentiality Certificate (EC) from the MCI. EC is necessary for the students who want to pursue the study of medicine in medical colleges outside of India.
The idea of NEET was first mooted in the year 2013 and it was implemented last year after prolonged battles with the deemed universities and minority institutions.
According to the officials, the ministry is also thinking about issuing EC only to the students who are going to the institutions which rank high on the national lists. With this move government hopes to issue the streamline foreign medical education.
“The pass percentage in the FMGE examination every year is in the range of 10-15 per cent. This is a function of two things — the quality of intake and the quality of training that the colleges impart. There is a need for some sort of control over this because there is no point in Indian students going for a five-and-a-half-year course abroad that costs a lot of money and then not being able to practice medicine once they come back. So we are looking at making NEET mandatory even for students intending to study medicine abroad. We have already started consultations,” said the senior official in the health ministry.