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MBBS students who studied abroad struggle to secure internship seats due to NMC regulations 

National Medical Commission provisions limit seat allocation to 7.5 percent.

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April 10, 2023, 2:23 pm

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JAIPUR: A total of 966 medical students from Rajasthan, who completed their MBBS degrees abroad, have not been allocated internship seats in the state. Out of 1,365 students who applied for the program, only 399 seats were available due to the National Medical Commission (NMC) provisions limiting seat allocation to 7.5 percent.

Students who failed to secure internship positions included those who had completed their first year of internship and applied for the second year. Once students pass the NMC screening test, which is held twice a year, they cannot retake it to improve their marks, which count toward their final graduation score.

The Rajasthan Medical Council has reached out to the NMC and the state’s Medical Education Department via a letter, requesting permission to allocate an additional 7.5 percent of seats in government medical colleges in Chittorgarh, Sirohi, Dholpur, Sriganganagar, and the ESIC Medical College Alwar, operated by the Rajasthan Medical Education Society (Rajmes).

Students claim that while other states offer internships to foreign medical graduates, not everyone is granted the chance to participate. Students from Rajasthan and other states are often excluded from the counselling process.

Dr. Manish Sharma, Registrar of the Rajasthan Medical Council, said, “All the seats have been allotted. For the remaining students, the NMC and the Medical Education Department have now been informed.” The outcome of this appeal remains to be seen, as many students’ futures hang in the balance.

First published: April 10, 2023