Why are so many Indian students going abroad to study medicine?
There are a number of reasons why students from India are looking to study medicine abroad, and it’s not because the quality of education in the country has declined.
In fact, India has some of the best medical colleges and teachers in the world and is well on its way to becoming a major economic power. However, the number of students applying for admission to medical courses abroad is high, and rising steeply”.
The strong competition in government medical colleges, as well as the high costs of private medical colleges, are some of the factors pushing students to travel abroad for their studies.
Dr. Jayashree Mehta, former President of the Medical Council of India, said, “One set of students applying abroad are those aiming for top colleges in countries like the UK, but a chunk of aspirants is those who could not manage a seat in a government medical college. Private medical colleges are sometimes so expensive that students prefer to study medicine in Russia, China, and more recently in countries like Nepal and Bangladesh.”
She pointed out that there is a growing need for more affordable medical colleges in the country so “students from all sections of society can study medicine”.
However, these students usually wish to return to their home country once they’re done, as many tend to choose overseas institutions that are recognized in India, helping them clear the eligibility test and allowing them to start practicing medicine without issues when they return.
Dr. KK Agarwal, President of Heart Care Foundation of India and former President of the Indian Medical Association, said, “A lot of the colleges that students opt for in Asia have ties with Indian institutions. Hence, these places also prepare the students for the eligibility test back home.”
Studying abroad is also a way for those who can’t get into government medical colleges to save money.