india pakistan: India opens door for persecuted minorities from Pakistan to practice medicine; NMC invites applications

The National Medical Commission (NMC) has opened the doors for persecuted minorities from Pakistan, who fled the country and entered India on or before December 31, 2014, to practice medicine here. It has invited applications from such people who have obtained Indian citizenship for the grant of permanent registration to practice modern medicine or allopathy.

According to a public notice issued by the Undergraduate Medical Education Board (UMEB) of the NMC on Friday, the shortlisted applicants will be allowed to appear in an examination to be conducted by the commission or an agency authorized by it.

The NMC had formed a group of experts in June to frame guidelines for a proposed test to enable the medical graduates among the persecuted minorities from Pakistan, who migrated and took Indian citizenship, to acquire permanent registration for practicing medicine here.

According to the UMEB, the applicant must possess a valid medical qualification and must have practiced medicine in Pakistan prior to his migration to India.

The last date for the submission of the applications is September 5. The applicants have been advised to strictly follow the instructions given for filling up the online application through a link provided on the NMC website.

Offline applications shall not be considered by the commission, the public notice said.

All applications will be scrutinized by the commission in consultation with the agencies and departments concerned.

“Shortlisted applicants will be allowed to appear in the examination, to be conducted by the commission or any agency authorized by the commission.

“Applicants who qualify the examination shall be eligible for grant of permanent registration to practice modern medicine or allopathy in India,” the notice stated.

The NMC notification on the formation of the Group of Experts, issued on June 20, read: “It is hereby stated that the Ministry of Health through its holistic endeavor decided that appropriate guidelines or regulations may be framed to give effect to the decision of conducting proposed examination for persecuted minorities migrating from Pakistan under the direct supervision of National Medical Commission to test their knowledge of modern medicine and granting permanent registration to practice medicine in India.”

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