Raipur: There at least 7,000 MBBS degree holders in the state, most of whom can’t practice medicine. They have graduated in medicine from countries like Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Malaysia. All of them spent up to Rs 20 lakh on their education.
Only 275 possess license
According to the records of the past 18 years, only 275 of them possess the license to practice medicine. Others have failed to clear the Foreign Medical Graduate (FMG) Test and therefore their degree is not recognised in India.
As the students repeatedly failed to clear the FMG test, they are now either working as compounders or looking after administration of hospitals.
Agents lure students
Unscrupulous agents lure the students who do not get admission in medical colleges through NEET. Agents tell the students they can obtain a degree in medicine from a foreign country and become a doctor by spending up to Rs 20 lakh. They have their offices all over the state.
Three education academies, claiming to facilitate admission in foreign medical colleges, have offices in Raipur, Bhilai, Korba, Bilaspur and Ambikapur.
There are over 100 agents in the state who take a six-year contract to help students obtain MBBS degrees. They take care of everything – beginning from getting their passports made.
Why FMG test is necessary?
Dr Shrikant Rajimwale, chairman, Chhattisgarh Medical Council, said a person holding medical degree from a foreign country cannot treat patients in India. He must first clear the FMG test. It is organised twice every year in June and December.
No law to stop agents
Health Director R Prasanna said there is no law to stop these agents. Those who study medicine from abroad should put up their problem before MCI.
Case 1: Father sold farmland
[box type=”note” align=”” class=”” width=””]A youth belonging to Mahasamund obtained an MBBS degree from Kyrgyzstan. He could not clear the FMG test in five attempts. His father sold farmland to fund his studies abroad. Now he is working as a compounder. The only option before him is to go abroad and practice there.[/box]
Case 2: Seven attempts
[box type=”note” align=”” class=”” width=””]A young woman of Janjgir obtained medical degree from Ukraine but failed to clear FMG test in seven attempts. Now she is working as administrator in a private hospital.[/box]
(Names of doctors have been withheld their request)
(Story: Mohammad Nizam)