The Association of MD Physicians has urged the Delhi High Court to postpone the Foreign Medical Graduate Examination (FMGE) screening test due to the COVID-19 situation in the country. The exam is scheduled to be held on June 18. The association, which also has as members some foreign medical graduates who have completed their primary medical courses in institutions abroad, said there are a limited number of cities being notified as centres for the FMGE screening test and a large number of candidates will be forced to travel without having received even one dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
However, the plea was opposed by the counsel for National Board of Examination (NBE) and National Medical Commission (NMC) on the ground that it was only a qualifying exam that can be taken by petitioners even in December, if not in June and the test should not be postponed at the behest of a few candidates.
After hearing submissions of both sides, Justice Amit Bansal asked the council to place on record certain documents and listed the matter for further hearing on Friday. The plea said that in accordance with the Indian Medical Council Act and Screening Test Regulations 2002, persons possessing medical qualifications awarded by a foreign institution are required to qualify the FMGE Screening Test in order to receive recognition for their medical qualifications and to be registered to the State medical councils to practice medicine in India.
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