According to reports and a proposal sent by the Union Health Ministry to the Medical Council of India, Indian students will foreign MBBS or medical degree need not take-up entrance exam to work in India.
Bringing in a good news to many students with a foreign medical degree, this move has been taken by the Union Health Ministry to overcome the shortage of doctors in the country.
On a rough scale, India is short of six lakhs trained doctors.
To practice in India, students with a foreign MBBS degree from China, Russia, Nepal south-east Asian and Eastern European countries in were supposed to clear the Foreign Medical Graduates Examinations.
FMGE is one of the toughest entrance test of its kind. According to data from the MCI, since 2002 about 29,968 students have appeared for the foreign medical examination and only 3,610 have cleared the examination.
Dr G. Srinivas, president of Telangana Junior Doctor's Association thinks the new measure is unfair.
He says, that the medical education in foreign countries let alone experience is minimal, while the teaching standards are very different and are not on par with Indian standards.
Why do Indian students opt fo study medicine abroad?
Owing to the unfair means in the division of seats in private medical colleges and the exhuberent fee charges for the seats here are the major reasons that many students opt for medical education outside India.
What is FMGE?
The FMGE (Foreign Medical Graduates Examination) is also known as Medical Council of India Screening Test. It is an examination conducted by the National Board of Examination (NBE) which is a licensure examination to practice medicine in India.