March 14, 2007

Medical PGs from foreign varsities can practice in India

In a significant move, the Centre today informed the Supreme Court that Indian post graduate medical students, who obtained degrees from foreign universities, will be permitted to practice in the country after a screening test.

Additional Solicitor General Gopal Subramaniam appearing for the Centre told a bench of Justices B N Agrawal and P P Naolekar that such a concession would, however, be a one-time benefit and subject to the new set of regulations being framed by the government.

According to Subramaniam the government had decided to grant such time concession on humanitarian grounds after consulting the Medical Council of India (MCI).

The government's latest assurance is bound to gladen hundreds of post graduate medical students and those pursuing the super speciality courses from foreign universities particularly from countries like Russia, Switzerland and other countries.

Under the existing policy, only undergraduate medical students, who have obtained their degrees from foreign universities, are entitled to practice in India after they clear the mandatory screening test conducted by the Medical Council of India (MCI).

However, no such concession is available to those pursuing postgraduate and super speciality courses as they are barred from practising in India.

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