Medical colleges: The need of the hour

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11 Noember 2019, Pune- India is known as a land of assorted gifts. And from the early days, it has been the provider of medicines. Even today, our ayurvedic treatments are regarded above all other medical procedures around the world.


The factory of doctors

Now, recognized for delivering the highest number of medical experts, Indian doctors and nurses are dispersed in all parts of the world. With a total of 370 medical colleges, India has around 50,000 doctors completing their education and professional training from Indian institutes every year. This has been in correspondence with the rapid proliferation of medical colleges in the past two decades.


The need for medical regulations in India

With its enormous population size, there are still not enough medical experts to address the healthcare requirements in India. Recently the ministry of union health and family welfare reported that there are approximately one million doctors in India. Out of which, only eight lakh doctors are in active practice currently. Unfortunately, due to the setbacks from the Indian medical education sector, delivering quality and quantity of medical professionals has been difficult. 


The reason behind fewer doctors in India is because of their reluctance to work in rural areas. Moreover, even for higher studies, foreign land is given preference. However, recently, a lot of technological advancements are helping retain aspirants study in India. Further, opportunities and policy changes are making it easier for doctors to work in the homeland.


Opportunities in the medical field

Recently, to promote doctors operating in remote areas, the MCI has amended the Post Graduate Medical Education Regulations 2000. Under this regulation, 50% of the seats in postgraduate diploma courses will be reserved for medical officers in government service. As a mandate, these officers should have served at least three years in remote and difficult areas, among others.


Further, to match the standards set by WHO of a 1:1000 ratio of doctors to patients, newer possibilities are being devised. High-end diagnostic services with a large capital investment are supporting doctors to give advanced-level care for a bigger population. This will also help with the rising need for qualified doctors.

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What is NEET?

Now, annually, the CBSE board conducts the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for admissions in medical and dental colleges across the country. This test takes place in around 136 cities all over the country. A total number of 13 lakh aspirants appear for this medical entrance exam every year. However, there are only 31000 seats to accommodate these students.


Prerequisites for appearing in the NEET

In the past many years, selection procedures for undergraduate and postgraduate courses in medical colleges have been made more transparent. Specific eligibility guidelines have been set and are now being used all across the nation. For undergraduate degrees, the guidelines suggest the following mandates: 

  • The applicant must have completed 10+2, or equivalent, with core subjects like Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Biotechnology and English. The education must be done from a known board only.

Moreover, applicants currently pursuing and appearing for the class 12, or equivalent exam, are also eligible to prepare for the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test.

  • The minimum age specification suggests that the applicant must have completed 17 years as on the last day of the said year and before the exam date. Further, there has been no restriction on the upper age.
  • The minimum marks obtained (i.e., an aggregate marks only for PCB subjects) are different for each category. For urban-rural, OBC/SC/ST and PWD applicants, the minimum marks required are 50%, 40%, and 5%, respectively.
  • An applicant can appear for the yearly entrance as many times, as they may feel appropriate.
  • Applicants directly or indirectly connected to India can appear for the examination. This includes citizens of India, Non-Residential Indians, Persons Of Indian Origin, Overseas Citizen of India, and foreign nationals.


Medical coaching classes in Pune

With the increasing demand for doctors, the number of candidates is growing too. A large number of students in Maharashtra are opting for the medical field. This has led medical coaching classes in Pune to flourish. Currently, some of the best coaching institutes in Maharashtra are located in the city of Pune. These coaching institutes are equipped with some of the up-to-date technology. With a faculty of experts, students are given the best education to ensure 100% results.