• Bangalore
  • 7 May 2014
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  • By Dr Jayshree Mehta

‘Focus on quality medical education’

Around 29,000 medical graduates are being added to the existing pool of medical manpower in India each year. It’s time now to drastically upgrade quality of medical education


Dr Jayshree Mehta, president, Medical Council Of India

Health and education are the two cardinal parameters of all-round development of a society. When it comes to medical education, these two elements get fused because it can be considered as the foundry through which trained health manpower gets generated.

This in turn helps build the backbone of an effective healthcare delivery system and ensures that preventive, promotive and curative healthcare is available to all.

It was in the historical city then known as Madras that India's first medical college of modern medicine opened in the year 1835.

This was followed by another one in Goa in 1840 and, thereafter, in Calcutta and Bombay. Since then, the pace of growth of medical education in India has been steady and continuous.

There are currently a total of 2,248 medical colleges worldwide, out of which 387, or about 13.5 percent, are in India. In fact, our country is the largest producer of trained health manpower in the world.


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