Taking into account a total of 90 new government medical colleges which came into existence in the last five years, India now boasts for having more number of medical colleges than private ones.
As per Government data, for the first time government medical colleges have outnumbered private ones. As per a HT report, 279 government medical colleges offered MBBS courses in the academic year 2019-20 against 260 private ones. The five year comparative data (2014-2019) from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, further states there were 215 private medical colleges and 189 government medical colleges in 2014-15 academic year.
The report says that there has been a 47% rise in government medical colleges during five years while the total number of medical colleges witnessed 33% increase during this period.
“The improvement is a result of the current government’s focus on strengthening the medical education system in the country, for which several concrete measures have been taken in the past few years such as converting certain district hospitals into medical colleges. Many states have also chipped in and opened medical colleges, which also helped,” Dr VK Paul, chairman, board of governors, Medical Council of India was quoted as saying.
“Faculty numbers will also improve gradually as we have made changes, including allowing DNBs to teach. There is also a large pool of doctors in defence services (at any given time 250-300 doctors) as they retire early but are eligible to teach up to 70 years. All these measures will bring change that’s necessary over time,” Paul added.