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.