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Indian students seeking admission to pursue medicine in Suriname and Mission’s concurrently accredited countries viz. Barbados, Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent & the Grenadines are hereby advised to communicate with the Embassy at consular.paramaribo@mea.gov.in and hoc.paramaribo@mea.gov.in regarding the current status of the University concerned before completing/finalizing any admission related formalities including payment of fees.

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Advisory for Students Pursuing Medical Education Overseas

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It is notified that Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India has made it mandatory for the students desirous of pursuing medical studies overseas to clear theNEET-UG (National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test-Under Graduate) examination since 2019.

TheNEET-UG (National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test-Under Graduate) exam is the entry examination for undergraduate medical education in India and a prerequisite to pursue medical education abroad.

Beginning 2019, only those students who appear for the NEET-UG for admission to Undergraduate medical education in India will be eligible to appear for the screening test, namely, theForeign Medical Graduates’ Exam (FMGE). This step has been an important advancement in screening of students and has been well received by the host countries as well.

As per the IMC (Indian Medical Council) Act, 1956, all students who acquire a medical qualification from countries outside India are required to clear theFMGE in order to practice in India.The Exam is conducted by the National Board for Examination (NBE) twice (i.e. in June and December) every year.

It may be noted that the number of students, having medical degrees from Institutions abroad, appearing for FMGE in2009 was 6170, which has increased to 21,351 in 2018. However, the pass percentage of students appearing for the FMGE has been very low, and continues to be below 20%. NBE has published a list of country-wise performance of Indian candidates in FMGE for the period 2015-2018 (copy attached).

All Indian students desiring to undertake medical education abroad should take into account the above mentioned information. In case they need any clarification about any particular institution, they may contact Embassy of India, Paramaribo (E-mail - hoc.paramaribo@mea.gov.in or consular.paramaribo@mea.gov.in ). The students are also advised to visit official website of Medical Council of India (https://www.mciindia.org) constantly to know the list of accredited foreign medical institutions/universities for MBBS or equivalent courses; and other important useful information.

Paramaribo, January 21, 2020

 

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