Miffed by increasing number of Indian students being lured by foreign universities, the Medical Council of India has made it clear it will not recognise any foreign medical degree anymore.
The council, which regulates all medical colleges in the country, has not permitted foreign universities either to start India campus or start a medical course leading to degree equivalent to MBBS in India.
The MCIs warning has come in the wake of complaints that agents are luring Indian students to foreign universities. What is shocking is that these universities are offering medical courses where the student needs to study part of the course in India and the other part in the university. And they are looking at India partly to be recognised by the MCI, council sources said.
The MCIs fear is not unfounded. In the past six months, 1,700 Indian students have joined Chinese universities to study medical courses.
Nothing wrong except that many agents hired by the universities are admitting students on the promise of getting MCI approval before they complete the course.
As per the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956, no medical college can start a course without the Centres prior permission.
As per regulation 9 of the screening test regulations under the Act, the eligibility certificate is valid for candidates only to join a medical institution outside India and obtain a primary medical qualification.
They have to undergo screening test on return before they can be registered with any Medical Council. The certificate cannot be used by any student to join an institution in India saying the degrees are awarded by foreign universities.