“Several youth are ambitious to get qualified as doctors. They aim to serve our people through improved healthcare services,” Sitharaman said.
“Our Government plans to set up more medical colleges by utilizing the existing hospital infrastructure under various departments,” she added.
According to the National Medical Commission (NMC) that regulates medical education in India – there are 706 medical colleges of both government and private in India, offering admission to 109065 MBBS seats. The government medical colleges offer 56268 seats, while in private there are 51880.
Around 20,000- 25,000 Indian students go abroad every year to pursue medical education.Budget 2024 Highlights at a glanceIn 2023, over two million people appeared for the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET), signifying huge interest and demand among Indian students to pursue medical education.Dr Devi Shetty, founder and executive director, Narayana Health, called the proposal to use existing hospital infrastructure to add more seats is the “best thing”.
“India is in a privileged position to virtually double the number of medical college seats without adding a single building,” Shetty said.
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“Existing medical colleges have twice the infrastructure required to train pre-clinical students studying anatomy, physiology and biochemistry. Existing medical colleges should be allowed to add an additional 100 seats,” Devi Shetty said.
“Their preclinical studies happen in the same campus and infrastructure of the parent medical college. However, their clinical training should happen in a large government hospital which should be affiliated with the parent medical college. This will dramatically increase the number of medical seats with very little or no infrastructure creation,” he said.
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