India issues advisory to students taking clinical medicine programme in China
Indian Embassy in Beijing today reminded the prospective Indian students who wish to seek admission for undergraduate clinical medicine programme in China about the requirement to obtain a license to practice medicine in China before they can practice medicine in India. In an advisory issued today, the embassy requested the students and their parents to see the Gazette Notification dated November 18, 2021 by the National Medical Commission (NMC) which clearly states this requirement. Any student, who joins for clinical medicine program in China after November 2021 and fails to obtain license to practice as a medical doctor in China, will be rendered ineligible to appear for Foreign Medical Graduate Examination, which is mandatory for clinical medical practice in India, the advisory said.
The Embassy has apprised the Chinese authorities concerned and medical colleges about these requirements of NMC. The embassy has also requested the Chinese authorities concerned and medical colleges that they should ensure that all Indian students coming to China for clinical medicine program are educated, trained, and facilitated so that they can fulfill these requirements of NMC. A report from our Beijing correspondent:After over two years of COVID-related visa restrictions, China recently started issuing visas to students to return but many Chinese universities are not issuing ‘No Objection Certificate’ to students, due to which thousands of students are not able to apply for Chinese visas. Under new system so far, around 400 students have returned to China to rejoin their colleges.
Most of them struggled to return as there are no direct flights and the two countries are still in talks to work out limited flight facilities, keeping in view Beijing’s quarantine restrictions. The Chinese medical colleges meanwhile began enrolment for new students from India and abroad.In this background, the Indian Embassy issued a clarifying advisory in September in response to several queries from prospective Indian students and their parents with respect to seeking admission for undergraduate clinical medicine programmes in China.
In this detailed advisory, the embassy cautioned the prospective Indian students wanting to study medicine in China of the downsides including poor pass percentage, mandatory learning of the Chinese language, and stringent norms to qualify to practice in India which included obtaining a license to practice in China.
In addition to reiterating the new requirement by NMC of obtaining a license to practice in China, today’s advisory also covered another related query – whether Indian students can work in Chinese hospitals in a capacity such as “assistant doctor” after completing their medical education in China but fail to obtain medical practitioner license in China, so as to enable them to earn a living and pay back education loans.
The Embassy has formally approached relevant Chinese authorities to confirm existence of such an option. The Embassy will share any information, when received from the Chinese side, in its social media handles.
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