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Indian Govt to recognise medical degrees of foreign nations

In a decision likely to benefit Indian doctors settled abroad wanting to return to their motherland, the government proposes to recognise the medical degrees of other countries, including the United States and United Kingdom. Addressing an Indo-US health summit in New Delhi, Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss said the government proposes to recognise the medical degrees given by countries like United States, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and others. For this he said he’d want the support of the Medical Council of India (MCI). Many Indians who have gone abroad and studied there, want to come back. The government of India has proposed that such doctors who want to come back to India should be facilitated in such a move. Asked on whether New Delhi should wait for these countries to recognise Indian degrees, he said, recognising their degrees first would be a step forward. Ramadoss also emphasised the importance of changing the curriculum for emergency medicine in the courses being offered in India. “The concept of emergency medicine is not developed in India even though most of such specialists abroad are Indians,” the Minister said. Ramadoss added it was the curriculum at the undergraduate level which needed to be changed. “We need an international and more practical curriculum,” he said.

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