New Delhi & Bhubaneswar: Students who have passed Plus Two science examination from National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) or State Open Schooling(SOS) boards will not be eligible to pursue medical graduation(MBBS) or equivalent courses abroad according to a new decision of the Medical Council of India (MCI).
However, it excludes the candidates who have already appeared practical examination in physics, chemistry or biology in class 11 and 12.
Under Section 13(4B) of the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 it is mandatory for an Indian student to obtain eligibility certificate to pursue medical courses. The eligibility certificate is a legal proof given by the MCI that the medical university in which the student wants to pursue MBBS abroad, is recognised by the MCI.
MCI guidelines clearly mention that a student is eligible to pursue MBBS or equivalent medical course if he has passed Plus Two from CBSE or ICSE ot other Indian state boards within last two years of his study comprising of physics, chemistry, biology/ biotechnology and mathematics or any other elective subjects with English as prescribed by the National Council of Educational Research and Training(NCERT) after the introduction of the 10+2+3 years educational system recommended by the National Committee on Education.
The circular further read that if the course content is not as prescribed by the national committee, the candidates will have to undergo a one-year pre-professional training before admission to the medical colleges.