Policy Framework for MBBS Students Affected by Ukraine Crisis: Supreme Court at NMC: The Tribune India
New Delhi, April 29
In major relief for the large number of medical students returning from Ukraine and those affected by Covid, the Supreme Court today ordered the National Medical Commission (NMC) to develop a curriculum as a sole measure in both months to allow students to complete clinical training in medical schools here.
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The court also ruled that foreign MBBS degree holders cannot be provisionally registered to do their internship in India without completing the clinical training in physical form.
A bench headed by Judge Hemant Gupta said: “Without practical training, there can be no doctor. Therefore, the decision of the applicant (NMC) not to grant provisional registration cannot be characterized as arbitrary. The decision follows the NMC’s appeal against a Madras High Court order overturning the decision of the Tamil Nadu Medical Council denying provisional enrollment to certain students who had completed nine semesters of their university course, including a clinical training at medical colleges in China. However, due to Covid, clinical training in ophthalmology, otolaryngology and nuclear medicine in the tenth semester was conducted online and they obtained MBBS degrees. “We note that the commission is not required to grant provisional registration to the student who has not completed the full course duration of the foreign institute, including clinical training,” the bench said.
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