On September 28, 2018 a single bench judge in Madras High Court increased the minimum eligibility for students who pursue medical course from foreign countries. Previously, the NEET eligibility clause for foreigners was set at 50% by the Medical Council of India (MCI).
According to the judgment, MCI and the centre are not allowed to issue the eligibility certificate to any foreign doctor who secured less than 80% in the qualifying exam.
What is NEET?
NEET is the national level examination for seeking admission into MBBS, BDS and AYUSH courses in medical colleges across the country. Students who want to pursue medical career must meet the eligibility criteria to appear for NEET. NEET 2019 is being conducted by NTA in the offline mode on May 5, 2019. NEET Application form 2019 can be filled till November 30, 2018 in the online mode.
List of NEET Controversies-
NEET is one of the most controversial exams that happen in India. Every year there are numerous changes which affect the aspirants of NEET. Changes in NEET eligibility, periodicity, mode of examination, etc., boggle the mind of aspirants year after year. This year, confusion about NEET eligibility clause for foreigners has created a buzz in among the students.
Earlier this year it was speculated that NEET 2019 will be conducted twice a year. But as per the latest update, NEET 2019 will be conducted only once on May 5, 2018 in the offline mode.
Note– You can check all the NEET 2019 exam dates released officially by NTA.
All About NEET Eligibility Clause for foreigners
Ever since NEET is made a compulsory qualifying criteria for pursuing medical career, many aspirants fail to pursue this career in India due to the difficulty level of NEET. They then move to universities in abroad to complete their MBBS degree. It has been observed that the difficulty and cost of medical courses vary with countries and this is the primary reason for student migration.
Note- You can access NEET syllabus from here as well as the official site of NTA.
According to stats, of the total students who study in foreign universities, only 15-25% doctors manage to clear NEET eligibility clause for foreigners. There is a screening test that the Medical Council of India conducts. All doctors must clear this screening test in order to gain a certificate of practice.
What can be done about NEET Eligibility clause for foreigners?
A reformation in the NEET Eligibility clause for foreigners will increase the number of certified doctors in the country. If the minimum score in MBBS degree is increased, there are chances of increase in the number of students clearing the MCI screening. But, so far the implementation is ineffective due to the lack of approval from the authority in India and the universities abroad.
On November 19, 2018 the Madras High Court issued a stay on the NEET eligibility clause for foreigners. A notice was issued to the Centre, the Tamil Nadu Medical Council and the state government. The next hearing on this case is scheduled for December 17, 2018. Till then, eligibility for doctors with degree from foreign countries is 80%.