Giving relief to the applicants who had already applied to study Medicine Abroad, the Delhi High Court has exempted the mandate on NEET as suggested by Medical Council of India. NEET, compulsory from 2019.
New Delhi: In a bid to relieve Medical aspirants who had already applied to universities abroad to study medicine this year, the Delhi High Court has amended regulations of Medical Council of India, MCI. The amended regulation allows those students who could not clear NEET 2018 to study medicine abroad. However, the court has upheld MCI’s regulation for NEET for students planning to study medicine abroad. As per the verdict, from the year 2019, it is mandatory for students to first clear NEET exam to study in medicine in foreign Universities.
The court further adds that if the students fail to qualify NEET 2019, they are not eligible to study medicine abroad in that year and would not get the license. The order was made when a batch of petitions challenged the amendments to the Foreign Medical Institution Regulations, 2002, and Screening Test Regulations, 2002, made by the MCI. The petitioners argued that the new requirements were haphazard and random.
The bench of Justices S Ravindra Bhat and A K Chawla said,“This court is of the opinion that the MCI’s amended regulations, mandating that those desirous of studying abroad, had to appear and qualify in NEET has direct nexus with the quality of professionals who — or many of who would — wish to practice the medical profession and seek enrolment in the State register, for that purpose. It is now essential that everyone wishing to secure admission to any medical college in India has to appear and clear the NEET. Such a requirement is neither unreasonable nor arbitrary.”
T Singhdev, MCI counsel argued that candidates who obtain admission in foreign institutes find it very arduous to even complete the primary medical course and are unable to qualify the screening test for obtaining a registration to practice medicine in the country. Therefore, the system of NEET regulates the entry of candidates into the field of medical education so that only suitable candidates with competence and capability obtain admission to educational institutions at the undergraduate level.
source: Times Now News