New Medical Entrance Test in India Biased: NRIs

New Medical Entrance Test in India Biased: NRIs

By SiliconIndia   |   Wednesday, 27 March 2013, 09:27 Hrs
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Bangalore: The new entrance system for medical admissions in India is biased and shows discrimination towards NRI students, complains NRI organizations based in America.

“The new MCI entrance text for medical admission adopted by some state governments will hamper NRI students applying for MBBS/BDS admission in India because there are no test centers in the USA, Europe and other countries with large NRI/PIO population. The Kerala Government is the latest one to adopt MCI admission test for medical and dental admission," said a press release from Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO), as reported by Ramaninder K Bhatia of Times of India.

The Global Indian Diaspora Foundation, Federation of Kerala Association of North America (FOKANA) and Federation of Malayalee Association of America (FOMA) are some of the organizations which have raised voice against this discrimination and they have informed the central and state authorities to execute this "new requirement for NRI students in a timely stage of two years and maintain status quo on admission of NRI students till then."

"For the last 20 years, the admission process for NRI students was to get the equivalent certificate from the Education Department of the Indian Mission and the Association of Indian University (a Central Government of India agency). With this certificate, Indian MBBS colleges were able to give admission to NRI student based on NRI quota", the release stated.

MCI has come up with a centralized National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET Exam) for MBBS and BDS admission in India, the current year. According to the NRI organizations, the students won’t get enough time to prepare, since the notification came in the month of January.

"Moreover, The US and European 12th grade classes and final exams are scheduled at the same time period as the MCI medical entrance exam. Therefore, NRI students are unable to take time off from their school as it is mandatory to attend the classes in order for them to get their High School diploma/certificate," they added, reports Bhatia.

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