Nation needs medical graduates in large numbers
Medical education in India is not in a good shape. 358 medical colleges are unable to produce as many MBBS graduates as to take care of the health facility for 1.25 billion Indians. There is acute shortage of doctors in the country. Their number is not in proportion to the rising population. There is only one govt. doctor on around 11 thousand Indians. The condition of government hospitals and health Centres is deplorable.
In ancient times, India was considered to be the Centre of medical education. Two world renowned Physicians – Charak and Sashrut – made great contribution to medical education in India. Students from distant countries were making their way to Nalanda and Taxila universities to study medicine.
Now, it is rather a sad state of affairs when the present 398 medical colleges in India fail to provide the much needed healthcare for its 1.2 billion strong populations. There is huge gap between doctors and patients in terms of number.
Medical education is also very expensive in the country. And Medical profession is no longer considered as the service to humanity. Most of the doctors only indulge in fleecing money in many ways from the patients. There are very few among them who treat their profession as the service to humanity. The brilliant ones among the medical community prefer to start private practice. They avoid joining government concerns because of low salary and less facility. In the prevailing situation, the commoners remain deprived of availing up to the mark medical treatment by the brilliant private doctors. Their consultation fees are very high, which the common people cannot afford.
As medical education requires huge expense, the parents mortgage all their wealth for the medical education of their wards. So, when these medical students pass out from the colleges, their main aim is to earn as much as they could do. Most of the govt. doctors are no better than quacks. The biggest deficiency in our medical education is that the students are given more knowledge and less practical training. That is why our doctors are not rated as the best ones. Practical knowledge of the science subject, especially, Biology is a must in schools and colleges. Without the proper practical training in schools and colleges to the science students, no theoretical knowledge will be of much use for the medical students.
Proper attention towards public healthcare and medical education has not been paid in the country. There is huge gap between rising population and the number of medical graduates produced by the colleges in India. There is also acute shortage of good doctors in government concerns because of the low salary being paid to them. As huge expense is required on the medical education, most of the medical practitioners’ main aims remain only earning money.
Medical profession is most attractive, well-paid and lucrative. The craving for pursuing medical (Health and Science) education is very high among the students of 10+2. They appear at various medical entrance tests to get admission to any medical college. As medical education is difficult and it requires a lot of labour, there is also the need of attention and concentration on the part of the medical aspirants to clear the entrance test examination. To promote medical education and encourage students to pursue it, we have been conducting medical scholarship examinations – AIPMST (Primary) and AIPMST (Secondary) – at national level since 2012. To know in detail about the process of these two medical scholarship examinations, please visit www.aimpstprimary.co.in and www.aipmstsecondary.co.in.