NEET: The case of medical students who returned from Ukraine will be heard in the Supreme Court today. Earlier on Thursday, the Center had told the Supreme Court that Indian undergraduate medical students who returned from Ukraine due to the war cannot be admitted to the country’s medical colleges. In an affidavit filed in the Supreme Court, the Union Health Ministry said that it has already initiated some proactive measures to help the returning students.
Besides, any further exemption including transfer to medical colleges in India is outside the provisions of Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 and National Medical Commission Act, 2019, the ministry said. Allowing such transfers will also seriously affect the quality of medical education in India. In an affidavit, the health ministry said it has investigated the matter in detail in consultation with the country’s apex regulatory body for medical education, the National Medical Commission (NMC).
The health ministry said the NMC has so far “not allowed any foreign medical student to be transferred or accommodated in any Indian medical institution/university”. The regulatory body had allowed incomplete internships in India to medical graduates who dropped out of colleges or universities abroad due to war or the Covid-19 pandemic.
The ministry said most of the petitioning students opted to study abroad because they scored “poor” marks in the NEET exam. Access to medical education is easy in such countries. Now if these students who have returned from abroad are admitted to the leading medical colleges in India, the students in the country who did not get seats can file a lawsuit.
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First Published: 16 September 2022, 10:30 IST
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