New Delhi, Feb 11: Students who wish to study MBBS in the foreign universities will soon have to clear National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET). Government is planning to make the test compulsory for them.

Presently, students who aim to pursue medicals in any government or private medical college have to clear the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET).

Giving more information, the official said that those who go abroad to study medicals is around 12 to 15 per cent of the graduates and they have to clear the Foreign Medical Graduates Examination (FMGE), a licensure examination conducted by the Medical Council of India (MCI).

At present, a student who wishes to take up a medical course has to obtain an essentiality certificate from the MCI for admission in any medical college outside India.

Every year, around 7,000 students go outside India to study medicine. Most of the students go to China and Russia.  This is really a matter of concern as they go out, spend lot of money of their parents and are not able to contribute to the healthcare in India once they come back,” the official explained.  Once the new proposal is approved, those aspiring to study medicine outside India will be given a No Objection Certificate (NOC) only if they clear NEET.

There were some complaints that the FMGE paper was very tough because of which those who come back from abroad are unable to clear it. But a committee constituted to review the FMGE syllabus found it to be perfectly suitable and relevant.