Medical students are now looking to study abroad instead of in India due to lack of medical seats, expensive education, stiff NEET competition and poor infrastructure in medical colleges in India.
In an RTI reply, the Medical Council of India (MCI) has informed that 14118 eligibility certificates were issued to students to study medicine abroad in 2017-18 as compared to 8737 certificates issued in 2016-2017.
According to the RTI reply, the number of applications for eligibility certificate received by MCI in the year 2017-18 were 18,383 as against 10,555 in 2016-17.
Mr Saju Bhaskar, President and Founder of an overseas MCI recognized medical university, Texila American University, said that the information provided in the RTI speaks volumes on the shift in medical education trends. The key reason for this is the lack of medical seats in India.
Mr Bhaskar added, “There are a total of approximately 60,000 medical seats that are being offered by both government and private colleges for medical aspirants who are in millions.”
Apart from this, higher awareness about the overseas colleges, more affordable fees compared to Indian private colleges, curriculum aligned to international standards, better global growth opportunities, etc. are other reasons why students prefer to study MBBS abroad.
Dr Sumedh Sandanshiv, President, FORDA-India, said that expensive medical education in private medical colleges, derecognization of colleges midway of study, poor infrastructure, poor hostel facilities, tough NEET UG and PG selection and stringent process of admission are some of the important reasons why students are now looking to study medicine abroad.