August 17, 2007

Maharashtra also alerts against foreign varsities

Close on the heels of the Medical Council of India (MCI) making it clear that it does not recognise any foreign medical degree, the Maharashtra Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) has prominently displayed the council's note of caution on its website (

While director W.B. Tayade was unavailable for comment, officials at the directorate said the public notice was posted after receiving complaints that agents were trying to lure medical students to foreign universities. "We don't want any student to fall prey to this," said an official.

The official said there have been instances where "unknown institutions or agents" have organised seminars to lure prospective medical students to take admission to foreign universities.

In June, Bharatiya Vidyarthi Sena (BVS) members had disrupted a seminar, which was organised by a local educational foundation here to recruit students for medical studies in the Philippines.

The MCI, while issuing a public notice recently, said that it has come to their notice that that certain entities have issued misleading advertisements for MBBS admissions in foreign universities.

"It is also mentioned in such advertisements that recognition of degree by the MCI would be in accordance with the MCI Act 13 (4B) through screening test," the notice said, adding that the MCI has not permitted any foreign university to establish a campus in India for imparting medical education.

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