Registration of students with Foreign Medical Degrees

As per Section 13(4A) of the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 and Clause 3 of the Screening Test Regulations, 2002, an Indian National/ Overseas Citizen of India possessing a primary medical qualification awarded by any medical institution outside India and who is desirous of getting provisional/ permanent registration from the State Medical Council (SMC) on or after 15/03/2002 can be registered after he/she qualifies a Screening Test conducted by the National Board of Examinations.

As informed by the Medical Council of India (MCI), no specific data of foreign medical graduates who are registered with the MCI/ SMC is available with the Council before 2007. However, since 2007, MCI generated computerized registration certificate and as per the available records from 2007 till mid-2014, a total of 12,858 permanent registrations were granted by MCI in respect of Indian nationals who possess primary medical qualification from various universities outside the country.
As per the information furnished by MCI, a total of 10,22,859 Doctors who possess recognized primary medical qualification, are registered with the MCI/ SMC as on 31st March, 2017. State-wise data is given below:
Number of Doctors Registered with State Medical Councils / Medical Council of India as on 31st March, 2017
Sr. No.
Name of the Medical Council
Number of Doctors
1.       
Andhra Pradesh Medical Council
86129
2.       
Arunachal Pradesh Medical Council
792
3.       
Assam Medical Council
22454
4.       
Bihar Medical Council
40043
5.       
Chattisgarh Medical Council
6584
6.       
Delhi Medical Council
15246
7.       
Goa Medical Council
3336
8.       
Gujarat Medical Council
53954
9.       
Haryana Dental & Medical Council
5717
10.   
Himachal Pradesh Medical Council
2849
11.   
Jammu & Kashmir
14188
12.   
Jharkhand Medical Council
5003
13.   
Karnataka Medical Council
101273
14.   
Madhya Pradesh Medical Council
34347
15.   
Maharashtra Medical Council
153513
16.   
Medical Council of India
52666
17.   
Nagaland Medical Council
801
18.   
Orissa Council of Medical Registration
21681
19.   
Punjab Medical Council
44682
20.   
Rajasthan Medical Council
38677
21.   
Sikkim Medical Council
893
22.   
Tamil Nadu Medical Council
121847
23.   
Travancore Medical Council
52474
24.   
Uttar Pradesh Medical Council
69208
25.   
Uttrakhand Medical Council
6662
26.   
West Bengal Medical Council
65486
27.   
Telangana Medical Council
2354

Total
10,22,859


The Government has taken the following steps to increase the number of doctors in the country:
I. Relaxation in the norms for setting up of a medical college in terms of requirement for land, faculty, staff, bed/ bed strength and other infrastructure.
II. Strengthening/ upgradation of existing State Government/Central Government Medical Colleges to increase MBBS seats with fund sharing between the Central Government and States.
III. Establishment of New Medical Colleges by upgrading district/referral hospitals preferably in underserved districts of the country with fund sharing between the Central Government and States.
IV. Enhancement of maximum intake capacity at MBBS level from 150 to 250.
V. Enhancement of age limit for appointment/extension/re-employment against posts of teachers/dean/principal/ director in medical colleges from 65-70 years.
VI. DNB qualification has been recognized for appointment as faculty to take care of shortage of faculty.

The Minister of State (Health and Family Welfare), Sh Faggan Singh Kulaste stated this in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha here today.

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