NMC rules for foreign medical students in India

Srishti Kathuria

Srishti Kathuria

From the academic session 2023-24, every international student who wishes to take admission in an Indian higher education institute (HEI) will be required to use the new portal.

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The Department of Higher Education (DoHE) has developed the EducationlNdia Portal in consultation with the Ministry of Home (MHA). The platform will be made compulsory for every international student taking admission in Indian higher education institutes (HEIs) from the academic session 2023-24.

Every international student will have to enroll on this portal. After enrollment, the student will receive a unique ID (UID), which may be utilized for all purposes, including the issue of a student visa. The visa-issuing authority will only issue a student visa after verifying the student’s credentials on this portal.

Students who wish to obtain a student visa will now have to register on the Student Portal and upload their offer of admission. The Higher Education Institutions will also have to register on the portal and upload the offer of admission issued to the student. This protocol will now be followed for all students regardless of the duration of their course.

The National Medical Commission has released guidelines for foreign nationals wanting to do electives or observerships in India. These guidelines state that no foreign national shall be allowed to do electives/observerships in any Indian medical institute/ university without the consent of NMC, and the period should not exceed 90 days

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Additionally, the NMC has expresses that the number of foreign nationals for electives/ observership in UG category in a given academic year should not exceed 5 percent of the sanctioned annual intake of that medical college.

The Commission has issued guidelines for postgraduate (PG) students. The maximum number of foreign medical doctors for electives/observorship in the PG category in a given academic year should not exceed two doctors per specialty per year in an institute/college.

The Commission has reiterated that no international student coming for electives/observorship (UG or PG category) should be allowed to examine or treat patients.

Foreign nationals who wish to participate in an elective/observorship program will be charged a processing fee of $100 for undergraduate students and $200 for postgraduate students.

Please note that if you have already participated in an elective/observorship program in India, you will not be eligible to do so again for a minimum of one year from the date of completion of your previous elective/observorship.

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