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India may have achieved a saturation point for Engineering & MBA colleges, but there is a void when it comes to medical colleges. For MBBS there are about 43,670 seats in India across 355 Medical colleges, of which only 2503 seats are filled through AIPMT and rest through state level entrance exams, seats in AIIMS, JIPMER & AFMC Medical colleges are filled through it’s own entrance test. There are few other private medical colleges which conducted their own entrance test. This year 2,57,960 students appeared for the AIPMT medical entrance test competing for 2503 seats (15% of medical seats in India), which means that one in 100 will get a seat through AIPMT.
With reservations in place merit loose out despite getting a better rank than his or her peers, the cutoffs for general students is always high as compared to students from reserved classes. Students who doesn’t get a seat in India are looking out for opportunities in China, it is expected that atleast 10,000 students each year admit in China based Medical Colleges. Many number of consultants who work on overseas admissions see it as a lucrative business, news paper classified ads during admission times are filled with ads from overseas consultants especially with headline ‘MBBS in China’.
India has numerous number of Engineering & MBA colleges, each year the state government, AICTE approve more and more number of Engineering & MBA colleges but the same is not true in case of the Medical Council if India. The infrastructure required to establish a medical college is a bit more expensive than establishing Engineering & MBA Colleges. Of all other requirements the most expensive one is the Medical Hospital requirement in the College campus, as a result the fee structure for management quota seats is very high. Students who are desperate to study MBBS have a better option that is to go to China and get an MBBS degree for half the cost. There is ni capitation or donation in China unlike India, an MBBS course from a government medical college in China will cost about Rs 15-20 lakh, including tuition fee, food and accommodation.
Currently, there are about 50 universities in China offering medical courses in English, though students have to learn Chinese as a compulsory subject to interact with patients.
However students graduating from China needs to clear a screening examination conducted by the National Board of Examinations under the directive of Medical Council of India to be eligible to practice in India.
With inputs from TOI
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