Pune: Parents of medical students from the city who are studying in Philippines, have decided to approach the Bombay High Court (HC) for filing a petition against Medical Council of India (MCI) for making national eligibility and entrance test (NEET) mandatory for students going abroad for primary medical education.
As reported earlier by Sakal Times on March 5, thousands of students pursuing Bachelors of Science (BS) in Philippines are in a fix after the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) recently announced that the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) will be made mandatory even for students aspiring to go overseas for medical education.
Studying BS is treated as pre-medical education in the Philippines, after which students are allowed to pursue a Doctors in Medicine (MD), which is equivalent to MBBS in India. Indian students studying there were left bewildered by the ministry’s decision, as they are unable to comprehend if they are eligible to appear for NEET now.
While the ministry of health has exempted existing students studying in foreign universities in Russia and China, the problem remains for students studying in Philippines, USA and Carribbean islands where they have to undergo pre-medical education (BS) before studying MD (equivalent to MBBS). The parents have stated that since students have been already studying syllabus for BS at Philippines, it is impossible for them to cope with NEET syllabus in India after the last minute notice.
Thus, it will be difficult for students to clear NEET and fulfill the criteria mentioned by MCI to pursue medical education abroad.
The parents have also written a letter to prime minister, health minister, the ministry of external affairs, state minister of medical education and other authorities about to consider the case of Indian students in Philippines.