The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Center not to further delay its decision on the issue faced by foreign medical graduates who returned to India during their final year of studies due to the Covid pandemic and the war in Ukraine and a The committee was given six weeks’ time. Formed by the Center to arrive at a decision.
Dealing with a batch of petitions filed by students anxiously awaiting the court’s decision about their future, a bench of Justices BR Gavai and Vikram Nath said, “On the plea of the Additional Solicitor General (ASG) , enter the matter after six. Weeks.”
Appearing for the Centre, ASG Aishwarya Bhatti told the court that a committee has been constituted to look into the case of the students who were in the final year of the medical undergraduate course. “Please give us six more weeks. The committee has been constituted and it needs some more time,” Bhatti said.
“Don’t take more time,” the bench reminded the Centre, even as it reiterated that the court had no expertise on these matters and would rely on the opinion recommended by the expert committee.
While the court had asked the Center to consider only those students in their final year of study, several other students who had returned to India for their first and second year of MBBS courses abroad also asked the court. Appealed that they should be included in the zone of consideration.
“We do not have the expertise and will not take a decision ourselves,” the bench said. They (Centre) have constituted a committee of experts and we will follow their recommendations. If they specify a cut-off date, we will go for it. It is at their discretion to pass it on to other students as well.”
The Supreme Court had on December 9 asked the Center to form a committee to look into the plight of foreign medical graduates who have completed three semesters of their course through the online mode but have been rejected by the Centre. Not allowed to be registered under the developed scheme. On July 28, the mandatory internship required to practice medicine in India was extended to only students who were in the final year of their studies and who completed it before June 30 of the previous year. It did not apply to students in their last but one year of study.
“A very critical situation has arisen. The students have completed their course and it will not be possible for them to return to their respective institutions until the connection between them and their respective institutions is severed. To complete clinical training, the bench observed, asking the Center to set up a committee to deal with the “human problem”.
The court had requested the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of External Affairs to provide a solution in consultation with the National Medical Council (NMC), observing, “We believe that the Union of India will Will give due importance. Look for our proposal and a solution for these students, who are undoubtedly an asset to the nation and especially when there is a dearth of doctors in the country.
These students had passed the Foreign Medical Graduate Examination (FMGE) but were not allowed to undertake the Compulsory Rotating Medical Internship (CRMI) for a period of two years so that they could not physically participate during the undergraduate period. Medicine course in a foreign institute. Under the July 28 scheme, the Center has provided the concession as a “one-time measure” to benefit those who were in their final year of studies.
The Center and the NMC have in the past taken their reservations to the court over extending the scheme beyond the middle of the final year. According to him, in a medical course, practical/clinical training is of utmost importance. Academic studies cannot take the form of practical training.
While the bench agreed with the stand, it kept in mind the agony faced by students whose entire careers were ruined and their families who had spent huge sums on their studies. Further, the bench observed that the situation of the CoVID-19 pandemic is “unthinkable” and “beyond human control”.