No NEET mandate to study medicine overseas this year

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September 27, 2018: In a major relief to many MBBS aspirants, The High Court of Delhi in a judgement passed on September 27, 2018, declared that students who have NEET unqualified can enrol in an overseas medical college this year. This is a one-time exemption that the court has granted.

“We welcome this move by the Delhi High court as it is better late than never. The intake for many colleges in India and overseas is ending in September. Many of the disappointed students decided to enroll in other courses since they could neither get a medical seat in India nor abroad. The problem is acute for students who passed out from state boards like Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh etc. where students scored good marks in their board exams but failed in NEET, as their school curriculum is very different from the one for NEET.” said the President of Texila American University, Saju Bhaskar.

The Union health ministry in February had approved the proposal of the Medical Council of India (MCI) to make it mandatory to pass NEET to obtain an eligibility certificate (EC) to pursue courses in foreign medical colleges. This had come as a major draw back for many students. However, in a major relief to the students who did not register for NEET this year, the Delhi High Court had recently announced a one-time exemption.

“This is a major relief for me as I was depressed on the though of wasting one year to enrol in a medical college. The High Court has paved way for many of students like me who are good in studies but could not qualify NEET because of the pressure to perform in boards. I now have the option to enrol in an overseas college where the fees will be much lower and career prospects will be higher,” said an MBBS aspirant Kavya Shekhar.