Dated: 15/02/2018

Medical Council of India (MCI) has written a letter to The National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) it has pointed out that that NIOS students would not be on par with those from the regular mode, as they do not have practical lessons. “…they would be ineligible for NEET on equitable basis,” reads the letter sent in 2017.

According to NIOS officials, in the past, MCI board of governors had said if the required criteria of graduate medical education regulation is fulfilled by students appearing in 10+2 exams then they would be eligible for admission.

As of now, the Medical Council of India (MCI) has barred students who have completed class 12 examination through open and distance mode from attending common medical entrance examination (NEET).

The National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS)comes under the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry and this decision  will deprive thousands of students the opportunity to pursue medical education.

In 2017, nearly 3,000 candidates from NIOS had registered for NEET 2017 and 86^ had qualified the NEET, 2017.

According to NIOS their syllabus is more rigorous and tough.