Indian medical graduates enrolled in higher education institutes in China, Malaysia, and the Philippines have been waiting for nearly two years for clarity on their careers ahead. The National Medical Commission (NMC), the regulator, had last year mandated that foreign medical graduates, or FMGs, who had completed their fourth and fifth years online due to the pandemic, require a two-year internship after their MBBS instead of one.
Since the NMC’s circular mandated this retrospectively, it covered even those FMGs who had received their provisional and permanent registration certificates, throwing them into a tizzy. While the mandate is clearly applicable to the batch of 2015, the 2016 batch, which would have graduated in 2021 after internship, is also left unsure.
As the matter went to court, in December 2022, the Supreme Court directed the Centre to form a committee and help clarify the issue of internship. In January, the Ce
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