New Delhi: National Eligibility cum Entrance Test, NEET 2018 notification is likely to be released tomorrow, February 8, 2018. The notification would be released by the Central Board of Secondary Education, CBSE on the official website cbseneet.nic.in. Please note, these areas per reports and there is no official release from the CBSE as yet. Also, reports suggest that government is planning to make a 50% score in NEET examination mandatory for students planning to study medicine from universities abroad.
As reported by the New Indian Express, Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is considering the move in order to ensure only the best and deserving candidates study medicine in universities abroad. Reportedly, every year, about 6000 – 7000 students travel to countries like China and Russia every year to study medicine. The number has seen an increase after NEET was made a uniform national admissions test for MBBS and BDS courses across government and private medical colleges in the country. However, the students who come back after studying medicine are often not able to clear Medical Council of India, MCI’s licentiate examination, required to practice in India.
An official of Health Ministry, speaking with New Indian Express, said, “Only 10-15 percent of these (students studying medicine abroad) are able to clear the MCU licentiate examination every year which says a lot about the quality of students and standard of medical education their receive in other countries.” The move, would, accordingly, ensure that only the students with a basic aptitude and ability who are unable to procure a seat in the country travel to universities abroad to study medicine. Also read | NEET 2018 Notification: Could delay be linked to MCI notification on upper age limit, open school eligibility?
As per the present rules, any student who has secured 50 percent marks in his/her class 12 board examinations (or equivalent) could procure an Eligibility Certificate from MCI to study medicine abroad. The official added that making NEET mandatory would at least ensure that only students capable are enrolling in medical courses abroad. Adding to the same, the Health Ministry is also in discussions with the ministry of education of the Chinese Government and has identified 45 good colleges for Indian students to study medicine from.
Sources close to the MCI have acknowledged the move and have shared that the list of such recognized colleges would be shared with the students seeking the eligibility certificate. At present, China is the go-to destination for students planning to study medicine abroad. However, whether or not the suggestion would be implemented from this year would only be confirmed once the NEET 2018 notification is released. Also, the queries regarding the eligibility of open school candidates and the upper age limit continue to be big questions. Sources confirm that the NEET 2018 online application forms are likely to be made available from tomorrow onwards on the official website.