A notice from China’s National Medical Commission (NMC) about university admission to MBBS programmes has been released. The NMC stated in an official notice dated February 8, 2022 that the External Affairs Ministry has detected that some universities in the People’s Republic of China have begun publishing MBBS admission announcements for the current and next academic years.
“It has come to the notice of the Ministry of External Affairs, Govt of India, that few universities in People’s Republic of China have started issuing notices for admission to MBBS programmes for the current and upcoming academic years,” NMC Secretary Dr Sandhya Bhullar said in the official notice.
In this context, any prospective student needs to be aware that the government of People’s Republic of China has imposed strict travel restrictions in the wake of COVID-19 and suspended all visas since November 2020, the notice further reads.
A large number of international students including Indian students have not been able to return to China to continue their studies due to these restrictions. Thus far, there has been no relaxation in the restrictions, it said.
Further, the Chinese authorities have conveyed earlier that courses will be conducted online. As per the extant rules, the NMC does not recognise or approve medical courses done only by online mode.
Ms Sandhya Bhullar went on to say that students should read the FMGE Regulations before applying to or planning to attend any Chinese or foreign universities. The letter advises students to do their research before deciding where to pursue medical study.