The government on Friday said Indian students pursuing medical studies abroad, who could not complete their internships due to forced conditions like war and COVID-19, can now complete their remaining internships in India.
However, such candidates must have passed the FMGE (Screening Test), which is mandatory for Indian students with foreign medical qualifications to practice medicine in India, Minister of State for Health Bharti Praveen Pawar said in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha.
Pawar in his written reply mentioned that Section 14 of the NMC Act, 2019 provides for conducting a common entrance test i.e. National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for all medical educational institutions at the undergraduate and postgraduate level.
“The NMC, for the betterment of Indian student pursuing medical studies abroad, vide circular dated March 4, 2022 has allowed foreign medical graduates with incomplete internship due to such compelling situation which is beyond their control such as war and Covid-19 pandemic etc. to complete their remaining part of internship in India subject to the condition that such candidates must have cleared FMGE (Screening Test), which is mandatory for Indian students with foreign medical qualification to practice medicine in India,” she said.