CHANDIGARH: On the National Medical Commission’s directions, the Punjab government is going to start paying stipend to foreign medical graduates (FMGs) who join as MBBS interns. Punjab director for research and medical education Dr Avinash Kumar said the proposal was with the government.
The government medical colleges will charge them no fee for accepting them as interns but rather pay them equivalent to the Indian trainees. The maximum FMG quota in internship is 7.5% of the institute’s total permitted seats. The National Medical Commission rules will apply, as decided in Punjab Medical Council president Dr Charanjit Singh Pruthi’s meeting with the heads of all the medical institutes of Punjab and Chandigarh.
The registrars of medical universities, representatives of Chandigarh’s Government Medical College, director health services of Punjab and Chandigarh, and hospital representatives attended this meeting to arrange for the compulsory medical internship of the FMGs returning from Russia, Ukraine, and China. The institutes have a week to submit their proposals to the Punjab Medical Council (PMC).

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