Good News for Aspiring Doctors: NMC Opens Doors for Students with Additional Biology/Biotechnology!

Previously, students without biology/biotechnology in high school were locked out of medical careers. Not anymore! The National Medical Commission (NMC) has revised its eligibility criteria for NEET-UG, the gateway exam for MBBS and BDS courses in India. The new guidelines remove a major hurdle for aspiring doctors: you can now clear the exam even if you studied biology/biotechnology as an additional subject at the 10+2 level! What this means: More opportunities: Students who opted for different subject combinations in high school, but have a passion for medicine, can now pursue their dream. Flexibility: The NMC acknowledges the diverse pathways students choose after Class 10…

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Uzbekistan’s Samarkand University: A New Hotspot for Indian MBBS Aspirants

Ukraine’s ongoing war has forced Indian students seeking MBBS degrees to explore new options. The venerable State Samarkand Medical University in Uzbekistan has emerged as a prime beneficiary, witnessing a massive surge in Indian student enrollment – from 150 in 2021 to a whopping 3,000 in 2023. This influx is driven by several factors: English-language instruction: Eliminates language barriers and facilitates comfortable learning. Peaceful atmosphere: Offers stability and security, especially appealing for female students. Affordable fees: Makes quality medical education accessible to more students. Practical exposure: University prioritizes hands-on experience, preparing students for real-world medical practice. To bridge cultural and accent differences, Samarkand University proactively hired over 40…

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Relief for MBBS Students: NMC Grants One-Time Extra Attempt to 2020-21 Batch

Summary: The National Medical Commission (NMC) has announced a one-time “mercy attempt” for MBBS students in the 2020-21 batch who were unable to pass their first professional examination due to the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This additional attempt will be their fifth chance and is not considered a precedent for future batches. Separately, NMC informed the Parliament that 485 undergraduate (UG) and 247 postgraduate (PG) medical seats under the all-India quota remain vacant. Key Points: This decision provides relief to students from the 2020-21 batch who faced significant challenges due to the pandemic. The one-time attempt allows them to…

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NMC Cracks Down on Medical Colleges: 349 Face Show Cause Notices for Standards Violation

The National Medical Commission (NMC) is taking a tough stance on medical colleges failing to meet set standards. Around 50% of all medical colleges in India, translating to 349 institutions, have received show cause notices for non-compliance with NMC regulations. This action raises concerns about the quality of medical education and patient care in these colleges. The show cause notices cite various violations, including: Inadequate faculty: Colleges are failing to meet the required number of qualified faculty members, impacting the quality of education and student learning. Low attendance: Both faculty and senior resident doctors are not adhering to the mandatory 75% attendance requirement, raising…

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Ukrainian Medical Students Find New Homes in Central Asia and Russia

Summary: Ukrainian medical students displaced by the war are finding new opportunities to continue their studies in countries like Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Armenia, Uzbekistan, and even Russia. This trend is driven by limited seats in government colleges and high fees in private institutions in India, where many students traditionally went for their MBBS degrees. These Central Asian and Russian universities meet the criteria set by the National Medical Council of India, with English-language instruction, a 54-month program, and a comprehensive curriculum. A new rule requiring completion at a single institute also makes these countries attractive. Russia is a particularly popular choice, with its developed education system, lower costs compared to Western…

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MBBS Admissions Not Uploaded on NMC Portal Deemed Invalid

Summary: The Undergraduate Medical Education Board (UGMEB) of the National Medical Commission (NMC) has announced that MBBS students who are not registered in the NMC portal will have their admissions considered invalid. This means they will not be eligible for future registration processes to practice medicine in India. The decision was made based on a Supreme Court order and follows multiple extensions to the deadline for uploading student information. Colleges were directed to upload details of MBBS admissions according to NMC regulations and ensure compliance with judicial decisions and MCI/NMC regulations. The move aims to prevent invalid admissions beyond the…

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