August 11, 2008

MCI cautions students against unrecognised Medical Colleges

The Medical Council of India (MCI) has warned people against enrolling their wards into any foreign institutions not approved by it.

An MCI advertisement published in newspapers on Saturday said that it had been observed that certain entities had issued misleading advertisements for luring innocent students for admission in MBBS from foreign universities.

The MCI said that it had not permitted any foreign university to establish a campus in India for imparting medical education. “No foreign university has been permitted by the MCI to start a medical course leading to degree equivalent to MBBS in India or establish such a campus in India and these degrees are not approved by the MCI,” it said.

As per Section 10A of the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956, no (foreign) medical college is allowed to start any medical course which would enable a student for the award of any recognised medical qualification except with the previous permission of the Centre.

Regulation 9 of the Screening Test Regulations says the eligibility certificate is valid only for candidates to join a medical institution outside India to obtain a primary medical qualification and for undergoing the screening test on return.

This eligibility certificate cannot be used for any student to actually join an institution in India (which is not granted permission or recognition by the MCI) on the pretext that the degrees are purportedly awarded by foreign universities.

The MCI has asked the people to check the status of any medical college or course on its website (

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