Medical PG degree from these 5 countries will be considered equivalent to Indian course without exam

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Thrissur: The National Medical Commission stated that the medical post-graduate degree from only five countries have recognition in India.

Degrees obtained in regular mode from Britain, America, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are equivalent to the medical postgraduate courses in India. They are qualified for therapeutic and teaching fields. The NMC mentioned this in the order on the appointment terms for medical teachers.

The equivalency will be given only after the students complete the course and get permission to practice in that country. These individuals will qualify to be appointed assistant professors, and these degrees will be considered for promotions, the guideline notes.

The courses in non-English speaking countries are not recognised by the NMC. Countries like Japan, and Germany, which provide quality education, are not included in the list.

The online courses conducted by foreign universities in association with the medical colleges in India will also not get recognition. Some such courses even allow examinations to be conducted in India while some others require travelling to the country to appear for the exam.

Students who completed an MBBS degree from abroad can practice locally by passing the qualifying examination conducted by the NMC.

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