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The Supreme Court on Friday directed the National Medical Commission (NMC) to frame a scheme within two months that will allow students displaced by the Ukraine crisis to complete clinical training in medical colleges in India. 

The top court was hearing an appeal of the NMC against a Madras High Court order asking it to provisionally register MBBS graduates of a Chinese University. 

The SC bench, comprising justices Hemant Gupta and V Ramasubramanian, said that there was nothing wrong in denying the provisional registration as “without practical training, there cannot be any Doctor who is expected to take care of the citizens of the country".

“No doubt, the pandemic has thrown new challenges to the entire world including the students but granting provisional registration to complete an internship to a student who has not undergone clinical training would be compromising with the health of the citizens of any country and the health infrastructure at large," said the bench. 

However, it took note of the plight of the student who could not complete the clinical training physically in the Chinese institute due to the pandemic situation and said that talent should not be allowed to be wasted and services “should be used to augment health infrastructure in the country".

“We therefore direct to frame a scheme as a one time measure within two months to allow the student and such similarly situated students who have not actually completed clinical training to undergo clinical training in India in the medical colleges which may be identified by the appellant for a limited duration as may be specified by the appellant, on such charges which the appellant determines," said Justice Gupta, writing the judgement.

The 18-page verdict said that it shall be open to the NMC, the successor organisation of MCI and which supervises medical education in the country, to test such students in the manner within the next one month, that it considers appropriate to satisfy that they are sufficiently trained to be provisionally registered to complete an internship for 12 months.

The verdict examined the question of whether the degree granted by a foreign institute even in respect of clinical training is binding on the NMC and the student has to be provisionally registered.

“We find that the appellant (NMC) is not bound to grant provisional registration to the student who has not completed the entire duration of the course from the Foreign Institute including the clinical training," it said, adding that without practical training, there cannot be any doctor and the decision of not to grant provisional registration “cannot be said to be arbitrary".    

With inputs from agencies. 

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