In a first of its kind decision, Medical Council of India (MCI) along with the Ministry of Health and Family welfare has announced to give one time exemption to students who did not enrol for NEET 2018 but wish to study MBBS overseas.
MCI in a notification dated September 14, 2018 confirms that citizens who had not at all registered for NEET 2018 & desired to take admission in MBBS or equivalent medical course in a medical university outside India in the present academic year 2018- 19 subject to following conditions-
- They shall furnish and undertaking that they had not registered/ appeared for NEET 2018.
- They shall obtain an eligibility certificate from MCI prior to admission/ joining the foreign medical institutes.
Commenting on the Government notification, an aspiring MBBS student Rajasekhara KS said, “I did not take any coaching for NEET along with my 12th standard curriculum because I was not at all considering to study in India. Reason being high- investment and low package once the course is completed. Students start preparing for NEET at least 2 years prior to it. The Government announced NEET mandate only in February 2018 and the NEET exam was due in May 2018. Where is the time to thoroughly prepare? However, I am happy to know that I can now enroll in an MBBS college without wasting a year or so”.
The student intake for many overseas colleges will get over in September and this may be the final chance for MBBS aspirants to apply for admission.
“We have over 50 pending applications of students with excellent academic backgrounds but who did not appear for NEET exam this year. Many Indian students will be happy to learn about this positive development, “said Sivakumar, admission officer at Texila American University, a university based in the Caribbean that prepares students to practice in the USA.