This move shall block Pakistan’s further intervention into India. Any medical degree from PoK will be deemed invalid and will be made redundant for any medical practice in India.
India will now not acknowledge medical degrees awarded in the PoK (Pakistan Occupied Kashmir) region. The Medical Council of India(MCI) had announced this stern decision in a public notice. This move has arrived months after J&K High Court asked the MCI and External Affairs Ministry to review it’s decision to see if the students who were practicing medical degrees in these regions can be allowed to practice in India.
The public notice declared by the MCI stated, “This is to inform all concerned that the entire territories of UT of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh are an integral part of India. Pakistan is in illegal and forcible occupation of a part of the territory. Accordingly, any medical institution in Pakistan-occupied Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh requires permission/recognition under IMC Act 1956.
Such permission has not been granted to any medical college in PoJKL. Therefore any qualification obtained from the medical colleges located within these illegally occupied areas of India shall not entitle a person for grant of registration.”
A senior health ministry official said, “The move comes when one of the medical professionals who obtained a medicine degree from a medical college in PoK, wanted to pursue a medical registration from J&K medical council.
During the evaluation it was found that the medical college from where the applicant obtained the degree was ‘unrecognized medical college’.”