Degrees from former Soviet countries are under question
Indian medical students educated in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS, the former Soviet republics) are up in arms against the Medical Council of India and the health ministry over recognition of their degrees.
The council has demanded that the students should clear a screening test, starting from September 2002, before they are given a permanent registration to practise medicine in India.
“This is highly discriminatory and illegal, as we all studied in institutions recognised by the medical council of India, and tantamount to virtual de-recognition of our degrees,” said Dr Prashant Arun, secretary of the All India Association of Foreign Returned Doctors.
“Does the medical council or the health ministry ask students from recognised private Indian medical colleges to also appear in any screening test?” he added. “Also, we are forced to undergo another year of internship in India after already doing it in Russia.”