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How MBBS Seat Crunch Can be Tackled

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On March 17, Justice Rekha Palli of the Delhi High Court stated that she “cannot forget the reality that prospective students are frequently forced to leave the nation and study overseas due to a dearth of appropriate medical institutions providing quality inexpensive education to meet their demands.”

The High Court made the statement while permitting Santosh Medical College to expand its post-graduate and undergraduate programmes.

The statements of Justice Palli harmed the target. Despite an urgent scarcity of doctors, the government’s inability to supply enough seats for MBBS in India cannot be overlooked.

Around 90,000 MBBS seats are available in India, and around 16 lakh students from all over the country take the admission exam.Around 90,000 MBBS seats are available in India, and around 16 lakh students from all over the country take the admission exam.

At least 47,000 seats are available in government colleges, with prices ranging from Rs 50,000 to Rs 80,000 per year, while the average fee in 42,000 private colleges is Rs 16 lakh to Rs 20 lakh per year.

Students who go abroad to obtain an MBBS degree typically do not gain seats at Indian universities because of weak grades or because seats are not “fairly priced.”

This demonstrates that there is a strong demand for MBBS seats, which corresponds to a desire to become a doctor, but a limited supply of seats – opportunity to become doctors.

India, on the other hand, badly requires those candidates who want to become doctors. According to one study, India had only 4.8 doctors per 10,000 people in 2014, despite popular belief that there were seven doctors per 10,000 people. According to the study, achieving a typical doctor-to-population ratio of 1:1,000 by 2030 appears to be an impossibility.

After speaking with over a dozen officials, including health experts, previous officials of top government bodies, including the then-Medical Council of India, deans of medical institutions, and eminent doctors, the two recommendations were compiled.

One medical college in each district hospital

Medical colleges can be linked to all district hospitals. This can address a number of concerns at once, such as increasing the number of seats available for medical students and alleviating the scarcity of doctors in rural areas.

State governments may be provided financial aid in order to strengthen district hospitals in preparation for the opening of medical institutions. Specialists from local hospitals might be used as professors for future medical colleges, according to public health expert Dr K Srinath Reddy.

He believes that district hospitals and nursing colleges, in addition to medical colleges, can be established to develop a multi-skilled health workforce.

Additionally, places for medical students from the same or surrounding districts might be reserved. These students may be asked to sign a contract for a set number of years, such as ten, during which time they will not be required to relocate to urban regions for job postings, resulting in doctors in rural and distant areas. It is possible to lessen the scarcity.

Allow top private hospitals to attach medical colleges

“Why do you charge MBBS fees ranging from Rs 80 lakh to Rs 1 crore?” I inquired of two private medical college administrators.

The response was straightforward: the investment is substantial, particularly in terms of the cost of the land on which the college is constructed.

“It takes around Rs 300 crore to Rs 400 crore to build a medical college,” said Girdhar Giani, general secretary of the Association of Healthcare Providers. “A major part of the investment goes into buying land, besides equipping the hospitals to the level of tertiary care.” According to the Asia-Pacific Humanitarian Initiative (AHPI), Fortis, Apollo, Medanta, and Max Healthcare are among the 2,500 super-specialty and 8,000 smaller hospitals represented by the lobbying group AHPI in India.

According to the guidelines, you can only establish a medical college if you own at least 25 acres of property (more than one lakh square feet).

To give you an idea, the Maura Sheraton, part of New Delhi’s prestigious ITC, is built on 5.5 acres and has hosted top guests such as Donald Trump, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, and Jimmy Carter.

Many leading private hospitals, including as Fortis, Apollo, and Medanta, may be allowed to open medical colleges if the government removes the 25-acre requirement. These hospitals have world-class doctors who can also teach at the university level.

“All hospitals with 300 beds or more may be permitted to open medical colleges with at least 50 MBBS seats, if not 100.” If the 25-acre requirement is changed inside or near these hospitals, these institutions will be able to invest even more in suitable land.

According to current regulations, a hospital with at least 430 beds is required to open a 100-seat medical college.

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