Voila! India has accommodated 3,386 foreign medical students in 2018

As per a fresh RTI data, the Medical Council of India (MCI) issued 3,386 more eligibility certificates to foreign medical aspirants looking to enroll in an overseas medical university in the year 2018.

New Delhi: In pursuit of becoming medical professionals, foreign nationals are turning to India, that too in considerable numbers.

As per a fresh RTI data, the Medical Council of India (MCI) issued 3,386 more eligibility certificates to foreign medical aspirants looking to enrol in an overseas medical university in the year 2018. It states that a total of 17,504 eligibility certificates have been issued by MCI.

Henceforth, the number of students who applied for the mandatory eligibility certificate from MCI to study medicine abroad almost doubled in the year 2017-18 from 2016-17. Last year saw a further hike in the numbers.

“As per the recent data, nearly two lakh more candidates are going to take the NEET exam in 2019, a growth of 14.4% from last year. The entrance test for MBBS/ BDS aspirants saw registrations soar to a record 15.19 lakh candidates as against 13.26 lakh. The number of students has increased but the number of seats remain the same leading to tougher competition. It is for sure that students who will not secure a Government seat are likely to go to foreign medical colleges owing to lower fees, good quality education and better opportunities,” said the President & Founder of MCI recognized, Caribbean based medical college, Texila American University, Saju Bhaskar.

Year Eligibility Certificates issued to foreign medical aspirants

(1st March 2015- 31st March 2016)
3,398

(2016- 2017)

8,737

(2017- 2018)

14,118

(1st January 2018- 31st December 2018)

17,504

MCI issued a total of 8,737 eligibility certificated in the year 2016-2017 while 14,118 eligibility certificates were issued in 2017-18. The number of eligibility certificates issued also includes pending of the previous years, suggested the RTI reply.

The mandate of getting an eligibility certificate to study medicine abroad came into force only from January 2014.

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