Wednesday, August 21, 2013

4 - southern states account for more than 41% of all medical colleges in the country

CHENNAI: The four southern states account for more than 41% of all medical colleges in the country. According to a statement tabled by Union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu together have 159 of the country's 387 medical colleges (both government and private).

When it comes to government-run medical colleges, Tamil Nadu tops the list with 21 colleges, which produce 2,715 medical graduates every year. Karnataka has the maximum number of private colleges at 34, followed by Andhra Pradesh (28), Maharashtra (25) and Tamil Nadu (24). Sikkim is the only state which has no government college. It only has one private college, while Goa has only one government college and no private college.

Karnataka produces 6,755 medical graduates every year, the highest in the country, followed by Andhra Pradesh (6,350) and TN (6,215).

"With the maximum number of government medical colleges, Tamil Nadu offers better healthcare to its residents than states like Bihar and Uttar Pradesh," said Dr Devi Shetty, founder of Narayana Hrudayalaya, Bangalore. "Yet the system of education, which is archaic, needs to be changed," he said.

"The system of medical education in the country is still what it was when I was a medical student 40 years ago. There have been many changes in the way medical students are trained in the west. In order to produce quality doctors, the system should change," said Shetty.

"The country needs more government medical colleges. There are states where there is absolutely no medical care in rural areas and opening more government colleges will reduce the shortage of doctors in rural areas," said Prof A Rajasekaran, former president of National Board of Postgraduate Medical Education, New Delhi.

Karnataka produces the maximum number of postgraduate doctors with 3,286 graduating from its colleges every year. Maharashtra comes second with 3,108 and Tamil Nadu has an intake of 2,392 in PG courses. "Financial assistance has been granted to 72 state government medical colleges under a scheme for strengthening and upgrading state government medical colleges for starting new PG course or increasing PG seats," Azad said in the statement.

In the last three years, the southern states, barring Kerala, have sought an increase in number of undergraduate seats as well as approval for new colleges in both private and public sectors. The three states have got approvals for 37 of their proposals, out of the total 87 granted since 2011 across the country.

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