Keep foreign students out of NEET: Pvt universities


Mangaluru: Mangaluru: Has making National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) mandatory for foreign students to study medicine/ dentistry in India poured cold water on the Study in India concept? Yes, say officials of education institutions which have a high number of medical colleges in undivided Dakshina Kannada district.

Campuses once buzzing with students of various foreign countries, have seen zero admission after NEET was made compulsory to get into medical/dental courses in India. Every deemed university with medical/dental courses has 15 per cent quota reserved for NRI/foreign students. With no response from even NRIs, the seats were converted to general category.

“Our government talks about the Study in India concept to attract more foreign students to Indian campuses. But, by not giving relaxation in NEET, we’re losing out. Medical/ dental institutions are feeling the pinch. Though one exam for all is good, there should be a separate policy when it comes to foreign students planning to study medicine in India,” said MS Moodithaya, pro vice-chancellor, Nitte University, adding that even Indian students who study in state boards are finding difficult to crack NEET. This institution, which has dental and medical courses, receives many students from Malaysia, Nepal and other South East Asian countries.

He added that NEET has hit NRI students looking for admission to medical/dental colleges too due to lack of awareness. “To publicise about NEET being mandatory for UG/ PG medical/ dental courses, we have issued a notification on our college website,” he said.

The highest number of foreign students at Yenepoya University are from Malyasia, said Dr Nandish BT, controller of examinations, Yenepoya University.

Dr HS Ballal, pro-chancellor, Manipal University, also said that by making NEET compulsory for foreign students, the country’s dream of attracting foreign students has gone for a toss. “More than 4 lakh Indian students go to foreign universities to study but only 30-40 percent foreigners come to developing countries. We respect the NEET system. But why should it be held for foreign students who don’t follow the CBSE curriculum in their country? Even Indian students who have studied the state board curriculum find it a hard nut to crack. The government must strive to make some relaxation in NEET at least for admission of foreign students,” he pointed out.

Foreign students pay thrice the fees that Indian students do. According to Ballal, this cross-subsidy reduces the burden on Indian students paying heavy fees.
Manipal University is home to students from 54 countries. Manipal University campuses — Manipal and Mangaluru — accommodate 500 medical students every year, of which 75 seats are reserved for NRI/foreign students.

Ballal says having foreign students on campus adds to the diversity. “There is an exchange of cultures and ideas when people from various countrries mingle together which very essential on a campus.”

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