National Medical Commission allows persecuted minorities from Pakistan to practice medicine after exam

The National Medical Commission (NMC), which opened its doors to persecuted minorities fleeing Pakistan to practice medicine in India, allowed them permanent registration after an investigation on Saturday. All physicians must be registered with their respective state commissions to practice anywhere in the country, the NMC said.

This only applies to people who have fled Pakistan and obtained citizenship in India on or before December 31, 2014. “Applicant must have a valid medical qualification and practiced medicine in Pakistan prior to his/her migration to India,” the notice by the Undergraduate Medical Education Council, under the top regulator NMC, said.

All these people have been given until September 5 to complete online applications on the NMC website. According to the notice, the applications will be examined by the committee “in consultation with the relevant agencies/departments” and only those shortlisted will be allowed to participate in the exam. The investigation will be conducted “by the commission or a body authorized by the commission,” the notice said.

Candidates who pass the exam will be given permanent registration to practice medicine.

By June, NMC had set up a group of experts to draft guidelines for a proposed test to allow such medical graduates to practice in India.

Earlier this year, the medical education regulatory body warned Indian students not to travel to Pakistan to take medical or dental courses, declaring that such students are not eligible to appear for the screening test that medical graduates from other countries must undergo in order to to register in India. . The notification made an exception for migrants and their children who have already obtained their medical degree in Pakistan after receiving a security clearance from the Ministry of the Interior.

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