Only 45 Chinese varsities can admit Indian students

Every year, a number of students from Tamil Nadu, and across the country, seek admission for MBBS in universities/colleges in China. This year, the Ministry of Education of China has issued an official communication in which they released a list of 45 Chinese universities that are authorised to admit international students for a MBBS degree in English, and has strictly prohibited teaching the course under a bilingual (English/Chinese) model.

With the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test held and admission season a round the corner, the Tamil Nadu Medical Council has advised students seeking admissions for MBBS abroad, including China, to check if the university/medical college is recognised and the standard of teaching and facilities available.

A press release issued recently by the Embassy of India, Beijing and posted on its website, said as per the official communication, prospective students are advised to note carefully that only these 45 Chinese universities are authorised to admit international students for an MBBS degree in English.

Universities not included in the list must not admit international students for MBBS (teaching in English) and can take in only international students for teaching in Chinese. “Bilingual model” is strictly forbidden to be used for admission of international students, it added.

K. Senthil, president of Tamil Nadu Medical Council, said students opting to study abroad should check if the institution was recognised. “Recently, a candidate who completed MBBS in China lodged a complaint with us that the agency that facilitated his admission to the Chinese institution was asking for money to send a confirmation of his education to us. We had written twice to the institution to confirm if he had studied there. We asked the candidate to approach the police and we wrote again to the institution warning that they will be blacklisted if they do not respond,” he said.

Qualifying exam

As per Medical Council of India (MCI), an Indian, who studied medicine in countries such as Russia and China (exemption being Commonwealth countries), should clear a qualifying examination — Foreign Medical Graduate Examination (FMGE) — for registration with the respective State Medical Council. “But only 20% of such candidates clear the test. When those who clear the exam approach the council for registration, we write to the respective Embassies seeking details on the genuineness of the degree,” he said.

The number of students registering with the council after clearing FMGE has been abysmal. For instance, in two years, nearly 120 candidates, who had studied in China, have registered.

Official sources said in many instances, students including from Tamil Nadu, landed in China without knowing that they have got admission for a MBBS course in Chinese. “Some agencies cheat students and many of them drop out of courses,” he said. He noted that the website of the MCI had a big list of colleges in China that impart bilingual teaching.

Studying medicine in China was cheaper when compared to similar courses in many other countries. A parent of a student studying medicine in a Chinese university said private colleges in Tamil Nadu demanded exorbitant capitation fee that forced many parents and students to look for options like China. “I now spend ₹four to five lakh per year. However, it is ₹10 lakh per year in addition to the capitation fee in a private college in Tamil Nadu. It is economical. The standard of education depends on each institution,” he said.

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