India Blocked Pakistan’s Scholarship Scheme, Medical Degrees in PoK not recognized

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India Blocked Pakistan’s Scholarship Scheme, Medical Degrees in PoK not recognized

The government of India has taken yet another strong decision against Pakistan by encountering Pakistan’s scholarship scheme, which permits students to get enrolled in medical colleges outside occupied territories. 

The Indian government said it would not recognise degrees attained through medical colleges located in PoK. To announce this, the Medical Council of India released a public notice recently. This has blocked Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Scholarship Scheme, which has been aiding more than 1600 Kashmiri students annually. 

This decision came out months after the J&K high court asked the Medical Council of India and external affairs ministry to evaluate the education system of students in and around the valley. 

On Monday, MCI released order and described it as one of the biggest challenges for security forces. 

The Medical Council of India said- “This is to inform all concerned that entire territories of UT of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh are an integral part of India. Pakistan is in the illegal and forcible occupation of a part of the territory. Accordingly, any medical institution in Pakistan occupied Jammu & Kashmir, and Ladakh (POJKL) requires permission/recognition under the Indian Medical Council Act 1956. Such permission has not been granted to any medical college in PoJKL. Therefore, any qualification obtained from medical colleges within these illegally occupied areas of India shall not entitle a person for grant of registration under Indian Medical Council Act 1956 to practice modern medicine in India,” Source: Hindustan Times. 

With this order, the students who pass out from colleges based in PoK cannot pursue further examinations meant for foreigners as the occupied area is an integral part of India. The officials said that this protocol does not deal with degrees obtained from Pakistani Universities. 

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Source: Hindustan Times