In a move that will cheer up many MBBS aspirants, the Medical Council of India (MCI) in consultation with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has decided to grant one time exemption from the requirement of qualifying NEET for the academic year 2018-19.
Exemption to those who did not appear for NEET 2018:
It is important to note that the exemption is only for those who had not registered for NEET (UG) 2018.
Note: All the candidates can check the MCI notice here.
As per a notification (no MOS/END/333/2018) procured, admissions for such students in overseas colleges will be subject to the following conditions:
- The candidates shall furnish an undertaking that they had not registered for MEET (UG) 2018
- The candidates shall obtain the eligibility certificate from the MCI prior to admission/joining the foreign medical institutes
- The MCI may at its discretion verify whether such an undertaking is genuine or not.
In case, the undertaking is found to be false or forged, appropriate action as permissible in law, including cancellation of the eligibility certificate, would be taken against such candidates.
It is to be noted that all the candidates who appeared for the NEET (UG) 2018 but failed to clear it successfully will not be eligible to study in medical colleges abroad.
Here’s what MBBS aspirants have to say:
Commenting on the government notification, an aspiring MBBS student Rajasekhara KS said,
“I did not take any coaching for NEET along with my 12th standard curriculum because I was not at all considering studying in India. Reason being the high investment and low package once the course is completed.”
“Students start preparing for NEET at least two years prior to it. The government announced NEET mandate only in February 2018 and the NEET exam was due in May 2018. Where was the time to thoroughly prepare? However, I am happy to know that I can now enroll in an MBBS college without wasting a year or so,” the student said.
Further, the student intake for many overseas colleges will get over in September and this may be the final chance for MBBS aspirants to apply for admission.
“We have over 50 pending applications of students with excellent academic backgrounds but who did not appear for NEET exam this year. Many Indian students will be happy to learn about this positive development”
said Sivakumar, admission officer at Texila American University, a university based in the Caribbean that prepares students to practice in the USA.
Overall this is seen as a welcome move for the students!