Just two months after Ivy League universities from China and India joined hands, India has decided to accept Chinese college degrees, just as it accepts degrees from the US, Europe and Australia. In a bid to strengthen our symbiotic talent pool, Kapil Sibal, Indian Human Resource Development Minister, will land in Beijing today to discuss better educational collaborations between the neighbors.
It is estimated that over 7,000 Indians are pursuing higher education programmes in China. Medicine is the most popular field for Indians but many are also studying engineering and the humanities — especially languages. Indian students have been pouring into China since 2003, when the middle kingdom opened its doors to Indian students. Most Indian students study in the larger Chinese cities of Beijing, Shanghai and Hangzhou, and choose China as an academic destination for its proximity, world class facilities and experience of a booming nation.
While a majority of the students continue to be medical students that didn’t get into Indian medical institutions and can’t afford US and UK degrees, the pact that Kapil Sibal is expected to sign with his Chinese contemporary doesn’t cover them, surprising considering the Chinese university’s syllabus, is nearly identical to those of India’s universities.
Indian medical students that study in China, are caught in an unfair conundrum since their Chinese degree isn’t accepted by the Medical Council of India (MCI) dissuading them to return and practice in India. As a result many students have little choice but to practice in China or come back to India and retake the exams.
To qualify to practice in India, any Indian student who receives a medical graduate degree from a foreign country must meet three conditions to be a registered medical practitioner in India.First, the students must pass MCI’s Screening Test. Second, they must earn a medical degree from an institute listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools, published by the World Health Organization. Third, they must obtain the Eligibility Certificate from MCI according to the Eligibility Requirement for Taking Admission in an Undergraduate Medical Course in a Foreign Medical Institution Regulations, 2002.
Sibal will visit China from September 10 to 16, before heading to the US on September 21. He will attend the World Economic Forum in Tianjin between September 13 and 16.