MCI Clarification for foreign MBBS Admission through NEET 2019 – It has been declared earlier that NEET scores will be valid for a period of three years for those candidates who want to pursue MBBS abroad. But, the Medical Council of India (MCI) recently issued a clarification about the applicability of this new rule for admissions against NEET 2019.
It has been reported by the Medical Dialogues Team that MCI with the prior approval of the Government of India, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), New Delhi has made some advancements in “Screening Test Regulations, 2002” and in “Eligibility Requirement for admission in an undergraduate medical course in any Foreign Medical Institution Regulation, 2002” vide Notifications dated 1st March, 2018. The new amendment makes the requirement of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) in respect of the Indian Citizen/Overseas citizen of India who are desirous for taking admission in MBBS or similar medical course in a Medical University/ College/ Institute outside the country on or after May, 2018.
CBSE, the exam conducting body of NEET 2018, has published the MCI notice on its official website on 10th of March, 2018, for the reference of NEET 2018 aspirants.
According to the latest notice issued by MCI, “Public at large is hereby informed that in terms of clause 4(2A) of the “Screening Test Regulation, 2002” and clause 8(iv) of the “Eligibility Requirement for taking admission in an undergraduate medical course in a Foreign Medical Institution Regulation, 2002”, an Indian National/ Overseas citizen of India who are desirous for admitting in MBBS or equivalent medical course in a Medical University/ College/ Institute outside the country on or after 1st of June, 2018, shall have to mandatorily qualify the NEET.”
After the introduction of new changes in MCI regulations, the earlier necessity of obtaining the eligibility criteria has been dropped down and the NEET qualification status will be treated as the official MCI eligibility certificate for seeking admission in MBBS abroad.
New regulations as informed by notice are:
-MoHFW clarified that this new rule of mandatorily qualifying NEET is not applicable to students who are already pursuing MBBS or equivalent degree from abroad.
-This rule is only applicable to students desirous to pursue MBBS or equivalent qualification from abroad on or after 1st of June, 2018.