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New Initiatives to Boost Technology Incubators

The government would set up 15 new biotechnology incubators and another 15 new technology business incubators in this financial year. The new initiatives spelt out in the budget is designed to help translate new technologies developed by biotech and other companies into products of use to society, said Minister for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences Dr Harsh Vardhan. Apart from the incubators, the Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) will support setting up of 3,000 additional Start-ups in different parts of the country.

(The article is from India Science Wire)

NEET’s Qualification Mandatory for Foreign Medical Course

The Indian Citizens / Overseas Citizen of India intending to obtain the primary medical qualification from any medical institution outside India, on or after May 2018, shall have to mandatorily qualify the NEET for admission to MBBS courses abroad. The result of NEET shall be deemed to be treated as the Eligibility Certificate for such persons, provided that such persons fulfil the eligibility criteria for admission to the MBBS course prescribed in the Regulations on Graduate Medical Education, 1997.

A common National Entrance Exam viz. National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test has made mandatory for admission to all medical courses in the country. Indian students can also pursue medical education abroad and have to qualify a Screening Test called Foreign Medical Graduates Exam (FMGE), for registration to practice in India after obtaining the primary medical qualification (MBBS) overseas.

Encouragement of AYUSH Medicines

Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy, an autonomous body under the Ministry of AYUSH has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine, the United Kingdom on Cooperation in the field of Research and Education in Homoeopathic Medicine.

The MoU aims at strengthening & developing co-operation in the field of Research & Education in Homoeopathic Medicine at International level. This encompasses joint research projects; exchange of information; organization of seminars/workshops etc, stated by Minister of State (Independent Charge) for AYUSH, Shripad Yesso Naik.

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