The Medical Council of India (MCI) has barred students who have completed class 12 examination under National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) and distance mode from attending the common medical entrance examination (NEET).
The NIOS under the human resource development (HRD) ministry said the decision will deprive numerous students the opportunity to pursue a career in medicine.
According to an official, HRD minister Prakash Javadekar and Union health minister JP Nadda will hold a meeting on coming Wednesday to take a call on the issue.
More than 2 lakh students register every year with NIOS and close to 3,000 had registered for NEET exam in 2017, the official said. “Across India, the number would be higher. Out of 3,000 NIOS students, 864 qualified the test too. So it is unfair to bar them,” said a senior official.
In a letter to NIOS, the Medical Council of India (MCI) said they had examined the proposal to allow these students to take the test. However, it pointed out that NIOS students would not be on par with those from the regular mode.
NIOS has claimed that in the past, MCI board had said if the required criteria of graduate medical education regulation are fulfilled by students appearing in 10+2 exams by the NIOS, they would be eligible for MBBS admission. “It was proposed by the MCI,” said a health ministry official.