The Medical Council of India (MCI) Wednesday said that the medical qualification obtained from Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK) will not be registered and those possessing such degrees would not be allowed to practice modern medicine in India.
“This is to inform all concerned that entire territories of J&K and Ladakh are an integral part of India. Pakistan is in illegal and forcible occupation of a part of the territory,” said a public notice issued by Rakesh Kumar Vats, Secretary General of the MCI.
In the notice MCI said any medical institution in Pakistan administered Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh require recognition under the Indian Medical Council Act 1956.
“Such permission has not been granted to any medical college in PaK," it said.
“Therefore, any qualification obtained from medical colleges located in these “illegally occupied areas of India” shall not entitle a person for the grant of registration under the Indian Medical Council Act to practice modern medicine in India,” it said.
Each year, a number of students from Kashmir opt for their higher studies for colleges including medical courses in Pakistan.
Two months ago students in J&K and Ladakh were advised not to take admission in any technical or non-technical courses in PaK as the educational institutions there are not recognized by India.
Last year in May, UGC also come up with an advisory cautioning students against taking admission in educational institutions in PaK.