It was mandatory for all MBBS aspiring students to take the NEET (UG) exam before pursuing their graduation from a foreign institute or university. However, the Medical Council of India (MCI) has made an exception this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic, following which students can skip NEET 2020 exam on 13th September 2020.
However, this exception does have a condition i.e. students must qualify in NEET (UG) 2020 or NEET (UG) 2021.
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- As per MCI, “If the student fails to qualify in NEET, the decision to further pursue the medical course in a Foreign Institute would be at his/her own risk. The student will not be allowed to take the MCI Screening Test or FMGE Exam. Further, the State Medical Council or MCI will not grant them the licence of Registered Medical Practitioner.”
The rule of mandatorily qualifying NEET 2020 for pursuing MBBS from a foreign college or university was brought by MCI in 2018. Today, a large number of students hope to pursue their education in medical fields from countries like Russia, Hong Kong, China, Germany, USA and more.
The admissions to the foreign universities usually begin soon and NEET 2020 has already been delayed thrice. Moreover, international travel has been banned amid the COVID-19 pandemic, due to which even after qualifying NEET 2020, students might not be able to travel abroad for education. This was making it difficult for students to take a firm decision regarding their higher education.
Also, all the students must fulfil the criteria under the “Eligibility Requirement for Taking Admission in an Undergraduate Medical Course in a Foreign Medical Institution Regulations, 2002”.
NEET 2020 is scheduled for 13th September 2020. It will be conducted in a single shift in around 6000 exam centres. The total number of participants for NEET this year are expected to be around 15 lakhs.