Protest rally by medical graduates

Staff Reporter
- Photo: V.V. Krishnan

United we stand: Medical graduates with degrees from outside India holding a protest rally in New Delhi on Wednesday over denial of work in the country by the Medical Council of India.

NEW DELHI: Indian medical graduates who have studied in Nepal, Russia, Mauritius, Ukraine and China held a peaceful protest rally on Parliament Street here on Wednesday stating that the screening test that they have to pass to be able to work in India is “too tough and of the post-graduate level”.

Demanding that this be reviewed by a panel of experienced doctors, the protesting students said that over the years the standard of the exam had been raised to the post-graduate level which made it difficult for them to qualify.

The Medical Council of India had ordered the screening test for MBBS-level graduates who have obtained their medical graduate degrees from outside India and now want to practise in the country. “We sought admission to different foreign medical universities for the simple reason that sufficient seats were not available in Indian medical colleges and private Indian colleges ask for high capitation fees besides the money required for completion of the basic course,” said one of students participating in the protest. Many other students complained that there was no transparency on the part of the National Board of Examinations regarding the screening exam and its standard. “We doctors return to India with a vision to serve the country unlike the graduates from our own country who graduate from premier Indian institutions and render their services to the more developed countries,” said one protester.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

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New Delhi: When 26-year-old Shashi Kumar enrolled in the MBBS programme at the Kazakh National Medical University in Kazakhstan in 2001, little did he foresee the problems he would encounter once he returned to India to practise. Despite three attempts, Kumar failed to clear the screening test for foreign medical graduates (FMG) and is set to appear for it again in September. It is mandatory for FMGs to clear the screening exam conducted by the National Board of Examination (NBE) in order to register with the Medical Council of India (MCI), a must for practising in India.
Kumar is among thousands of others who have not been able to clear the screening exam despite several attempts. The doctors claim that the questions asked in the exam are meant for postgraduate students. ‘‘The screening exam is to test a doctor’s basic knowledge about medicine. But the questions asked are very tough. We are not appearing for a competitive test. The poor pass percentage of FMGs speaks volumes about the examination pattern,’’ said Kumar.
Upset over the selection process, over 400 FMGs protested at Jantar Mantar on Wednesday. ‘‘They don’t allow us to take the question paper with us after the exam. The result, which is declared that very day, doesn’t have the marks obtained by candidates. Why don’t they reveal our marks? We should know where we stand so that we can prepare better next time. When we asked the NBE for marks, officials asked us not to argue and prepare for the next exam. It is so hard to believe that most medical graduates are not able to get 50% marks, which is minimum cut off, in the screening test,’’ said Sidhartha, who did his MBBS from St Petersburg State Medical Academy, Russia.
Unlike in India, the MBBS course duration in most countries like Russia, Kazakhstan and Ukraine is seven years. And students have to pay nearly Rs 25 to 30 lakh for the degree. ‘‘On one hand there is acute shortage of doctors in India and on the other when we want to come back we are discouraged. We are not even given a fair chance to prove ourselves. A lot of us are simply wasting time, hoping to clear the screening test one day. Even after clearing the NBE screening exam we get temporary registration with MCI and we have to do one year of internship free of cost. We are ready to work in PHCs,’’ said Satish Sharma, who did her MBBS from People’s Friendship University, Moscow.
For the medical graduates, repeated failure only adds to their frustration. ‘‘If we go back to the countries where we studied, we will be given good packages. The starting salary in most European countries is between 2000 and 4000 euros. It is so demoralising to see that our own country is not ready to take us back,’’ said Radhika, who graduated from the University of Latvia.
Ketan Desai, president, MCI, said: ‘‘We have no role to play in the screening process. We just give registration to those students who clear the NBE exam.’’ However, other MCI sources said a large number of students do not clear the screening exam due to two reasons. First, the quality of education is not up to Indian standards in most foreign countries and secondly, most students study MBBS in the language of the country from where they have got their degrees from. ‘‘It is difficult for them to crack the screening exam as the medium of teaching is not English. So for them it is like preparing for MBBS all over again in a different language,’’ said a senior MCI member.
However, the graduates disagree saying that NBE doesn’t have a fixed syllabus for the screening exam. ‘‘We have to study 19 different subjects. In US and UK, there is a fixed set of subjects which students have to study,’’ said Radhika. Despite repeated attempts for two days, Times City could not speak to executive director of NBE Dr A K Sood.
(Names of students have been changed)

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hello friends ,
i m a Dr. from Russia preparing for fmge exams according to me there should b some changes
1- They should give us carbon copy of answer sheets as given in up pmt exam
2- Answer should be shown in news paper/ internet
3-In result should b shown the marks
4-Exam should b in every 3-4 month

what we thinks plz write me YOUR OPENION IS VERY IMP