August 12, 2022
Doctors in India: Minority doctors from Pakistan allowed to practice in India

Doctors in India: Persecution in Pakistan and minorities who came to India on or before December 31, 2014, have been allowed to do medicine. Overseas Pakistani Hindu doctors with MBBS degrees from various medical colleges in Pakistan had been seeking permission from the Indian government to practice here for many years. These doctors had offered their services during the Corona wave in 2020. It is said that there are more than 300 MBBS doctors in Pak Hindu refugee families who arrived in India after 2000. Most of them have come from Sindh province of Pakistan.

The National Medical Council (NMC) has invited applications from people who have acquired Indian citizenship to work in the field of Modern Medicine (Allopathy). According to a notice issued by the Undergraduate Medical Education Board (UMEB) of NMC, the selected applicants will be allowed to appear in an examination to be conducted by the commission or an agency authorized by it.

Have done the practice of medicine before

The NMC had constituted a group of experts in June. So that guidelines can be prepared for the proposed test. The aim is to enable medical graduates from among persecuted minorities from Pakistan, who have taken Indian citizenship, to obtain permanent registration to practice medicine here. According to UMEB, the applicant must have a valid medical qualification and must have practiced medicine in Pakistan before immigrating to India. The last date for submission of applications is 5th September.

Applicants are advised to strictly follow the instructions given for filling the online application through the link given on the NMC website. Offline applications will not be considered by the commission. It is said that among the people who have come to India from Pakistan, there are 300 doctors. These people have been in India for many decades but they are not allowed to practice here. In 2012, the MCI recognized the degrees of such doctors, but shortly thereafter the MCI was abolished and the rules regarding foreign medical degrees changed.

Know the important information related to this rule

After taking a medical degree from a foreign university, degree holders have to pass an examination conducted in India, only after which they can practice in India. However, post graduate degrees from five English-speaking countries—USA, UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand—are valid in India and medical degree holders from these countries are not required to appear for the exam. Very few students are able to pass this exam. The Medical Education Board of Pakistan is not yet recognized by the World Federation of Medical Education. Pakistan will have to gain recognition from the federation by 2024.

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