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Guidelines for studying Medicine in Philippines

Thu, Sep 08, 2016, 05:37 PM
Vijayawada, Sept.8: Proper guidelines for studying Medicine in the Philippines are stressed. Addressing a Press Conference here in Vijayawada today, Mr. Krishnaprasad of AMA HLC (AMA Higher Learning Consulting Pty Ltd) Australia, who was an authorized representative of South Western University said many Indian Students were seeking admission in various Medicine Courses in the Philippines.

The Philippines is now a new destination for Medical studies where a lot of Indian students are seeking admissions. There were times Russia and China used to be preferred destinations. But, now the Philippines is the most sought after because of it doesn’t have any language barriers, as it is the 3rd largest English-speaking country in the world. Indian students feel like being at home in the Philippines. Also, it is light on the pocket of the parents. However, according to Krishnaprasad, many agents are misleading and misguiding students and parents.

The students desirous of seeking admission must pay the fee only to the university and not to the agents. It is a laid down procedure and even the Indian Embassy in Manila, Philippines has also issued an advisory on the same.

Several agents have been luring students, aspiring to become doctors, to pursue Bachelor of Science (BS) and Doctor of Medicine (MD) in the Philippines, as securing a medical seat in the Philippines is easier than in India. Agents keep the aspirants in the dark about BS, MD, National Medical Admission Test (NMAT), curriculum, duration and the examination system followed in the Philippines etc. It is very important that students and their parents familiarize with these procedures.

To secure an MD seat in Universities there, it is mandatory for an aspirant to complete a bachelor degree and clear NMAT conducted by the Commission of Higher Education (CHED), Philippines. Just as EAMCET/NEET here; NMAT in the Philippines is compulsory to get admitted to the MD course after bachelors.

The Indian Embassy in Philippines sometime also issued an advisory to the students seeking admissions in the Philippines. It stated that the students should take admission only in medical colleges that are approved by the CHED (Commission of Higher Education, Philippines). Many agents collect money and don’t deposit to the university, thereby jeopardizing students future. Students are getting stranded without their student visa renewed. We strongly advocate students to pay the fee directly to the university. Also students need to check the curriculum and standards of the educational institution and whether it meets the requirements of Medical Council of India (MCI)

Krishnaprasad also added that it is the responsibility of the parents to ensure that they interact with a University appointed Coordinator only, pay the fees directly to the University and never deposit the student’s certificates and Passport to the Agent/Consultant. They also need to ensure that direct interaction with the University is made before the student pays the fees and ensure in writing that admission into BS course will assure the student of a seat in MD in the same University. The advisory of the Indian Embassy clearly states that the number of seats filled by the agents far exceed the number of seats available for MD.

Krishnaprasad added that he would recommend admission into a specific University only after he is convinced in every respect that he would admit his son/daughter into the University.
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