“And now China-made doctors, Chinese medical education has emerged as
a viable alternative for Indian students”.
Made in China
the statement made inroads into the Indian mindset, particularly the ambitious
Indian middle class From consumer goods to clothes and every possible piece
needed for a common man, the brand swept the Indian market. In the last two
years, the brand entered into medical education bringing revolutionary changes.
For typical Telugu parents whose
dream is to see a stethoscope hanging around the neck of their wards, the
invasion of Chinese medical educational has come as boom and has changed the
medical education scenario totally. With more them nearly 50 per cent of them
from Andhra Pradesh, the medical degree from across the Great wall is in great
demand. The education loan blitzkrieg by banks also acted as a catalyst.
The craze for Chinese medical
colleges has been growing at an unimaginable pace thanks to the huge gap
between demand and supply and also the unaffordable fee structure in the
private sector in .
While management seats in India
cost no less than Rs.40 lakhs in some colleges. a Chinese package comes at
Rs.10 lakh to Rs.15 lakh, inclusive of entire course tuition fee, hostel fee
and living expenses.
Chinese medical colleges get into
prominence since 2004 when the country opened its gates to foreign students
after introducing English as the medium of instruction. Now the question is how
qualitative it is? “The quality of medical education in China
is world class and students need not have any apprehensions, “says S.Jaipal Reddy, Managing Director,
St.Joseph’s Consultants Pvt. Ltd. that admits students for nearly 15 Chinese
According to Mr.Reddy the Chinese
Government has allocated two billion dollars for 50 selected Government medical
universities as a part of its package to
make them best in the world by 2011. “Each university has got nearly 200crore
dollars and they are spending it to get best of faculty from across the world
and add more facilities to colleges and hospitals. They are already better
equipped then most of Indian medial Colleges.”
Agrees V.Rajaram of Medico Abroad
that sends aspiring medicos to five medical universities. “The attraction is
not just lower fee but the hassle free admission procedures and followed up
guidance of students,” he says.
The government of China
has opened its medical education to the world very recently so visas are quite
easy to come by. The Minister of Internal Affairs gives a JW-20 (similar to
I-20 of American Universities) after receiving the admission letter. Unlike the
prevalent feeling, students with not less than 60 per cent marks in
Intermediate are being admitted by the China Universities.
Most of the consultants who sent
students have also set up their own offices to guide the students year-long.
They have also tied with Indian hotels there to provide Indian food. “It makes
sense as students can concentrate on studies,” Mr. Rajaram says. Parents are constancy
informed about their wards, academic records and the life there. Hostels for
foreign students are built with three-stat facilities within the campus thus
providing safety to them.
Students seeking admission in
foreign medical colleges necessarily have to register with the Medical Council
of India (MCI) giving details of the University and personal. Without that
certificate they would not be allowed to appear for the Screening Test after
coming back to India.
The test is mandatory for every foreign educated Indian medico to get
registered for practice in India.
The most important aspect while
choosing the college is to check whether it is in the World Health Organisation
(who) list. A through background investigation through friends or through those
who have gone there and on the Internet is a must for students and parents.
Consultants make it very clear that parents should choose only Government owned
institutions. Another important aspect is that students should not shift the
college after going there or else they would face disqualification. The Chinese
medical degree is different from the Traditional Chinese medical degree and
students need to the careful about it also.
Guidelines of Medical Council of India for foreign medical studies by Indian
Any Indian student intending to
joint MBBS course in a foreign
medical university needs to fulfil the following eligibility criteria.
1. attaining of 17 years age as on December 31 of the
2. Passing the 10+2 exam or equivalent.
3. Pursued Biology, Physics and Chemistry (Bi.P.C) as
4. English as a compulsory subject.
5. Obtaining 50% marks in the aggregate of the Bi.P.C
group (40% only for BC/SC/ST category of students).
Procedure prescribed for licencing by MCI:
1.Student must submit an application to MCI in a
prescribed format before leaving for studies in a foreign medical university.
He will be disclosing the university name and also enclose the relevant
education documents (10th, 10+2) and community certificate, if any.
The approval of the MCI to pursue the foreign medical degree is sent directly
to the student in the form of “Eligibility Certificate”, after due necessary
verification on the information and documents enclosed by the students.
2.After the student returns back to India
wit the foreign medical degree, he needs to attend to “Screening test”. This
test is compulsory and conducted by the National Board of Examinations at the
instance of MCI. Only those students who obtained he “Eligibility certificate”
will be allowed to sit for the “Screening test”.
3.On clearing the Screening test, the students will be
awarded with a provisional registration certificate of Medical Council of
India. The clearance of the Screening test by the student will equate his
foreign degree with that of MBBS degree in India.
For all practical purpose, his foreign medical degree is at par with the Indian
4. Now, the Indian students who cleared screening test
will have to follow similar rules and procedures fixed by MCI for students
doing MBBS course in India.
There will be a compulsory one year house surgeon term to be completed by
either of these students. Only on completion of this house surgeon tern, they
will be allotted with permanent registration (Licence) by MCI, which will
enable them to practice as a Doctor in India.
Validity of the MBBS
course studies abroad.
the MBBS course is four and half year duration excluding the one-year
compulsory house surgeon term to be completed by them after obtaining the
degree. This in total it is 4.5+1= 5.5 year period to get their license to
practice as Doctor in India.
However, in the case of students pursing MBBS from China,
duration of study is not specified. MCI considers the following criteria in
determining the validity of foreign degree.
a.The undergraduate medical degree being
pursued should be equivalent to the MBBS degree in India.
b.The undergraduate degree must have been
recognized by the respective Ministry of Education of the provincial or Central
c.The university should have the
authentic permission (from Government) to admit the foreign students.
d.The university should have the
permission from the concerned Government authorities to teach English medium to
the foreign students.
e.The study hours should match with the
minimum prescribed international standards in respect of clinical medicine.
f.the Indian student after completion of
the foreign medical degree should be eligible to take up a job in the local
hospitals, just at par with the local Chinese student. In other words, the
degree obtained by Indian students should have been equivalent to the obtained
by any Chinese students and in recognition of the same, he should be allowed
equal job opportunities.
g.the University name, address and other
details, should get listed in the world Directory of Medical Schools of the
World Health Organization. If there are any changes in the address or change in
the name of details, such information should be intimated to WHO through
official channels for appropriate incorporation.
h.the medical degree being pursued should
be clinical medicine only. Teaching Traditional medicine or obtaining degree
from Traditional Medicine Colleges is not allowed by MCI.
The above criteria needs to be
fulfilled so that MCI will consider the foreign medical degree pursed by India
students and allow them to sit for “Screening test.”
Some useful websites.
Check some these Universities
Anhui Medical University – www.ahmu.edu.cn
Syb Yat-Sen University of Medical Science www.gzsums.edu.cn
University – www.njnu.edu.cn
University – www.dlmu.edu.cn
University – www.jzmu.edu.cn
University – www.sdu.edu.cn
University – www.tijmu.edu.cn
West Chine University of Medical Sciences www.wcums.edu.cn