India lacks national strategy on medical education, says a report

The medical education in India is catering to more urban centres while rural areas face neglect, according to a report prepared by Public Health Foundation of India

GN Bureau | March 15, 2014




As India faces acute shortage of health-care professionals a new report suggests the country doesn’t even have a separate national strategy for public health professional education. “There is no official and regular national forum for effective coordination between ministry of education and ministry of health with regards to masters level education in public health,” says the India report on health professional education, prepared by Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI).

The report also highlights that the country hasn’t stated competency frameworks of health professionals in the country. “System based learning and competency based learning are not widely practiced in medical schools,” the report observes.

While we cry about health professionals not reaching to the rural India, the report finds that majority of the medical schools are located in urban centres and half of them inside the capital city of the state. “The 381 medical colleges are unevenly distributed, with more colleges situated in southern and western parts of the country,” the report adds.

It also says that the allopathic physicians are highly concentrated in urban (13.34) compared to rural (3.28) areas.

Another factor which the report notes is on big imbalance in distribution of nursing schools. “Majority of the nursing schools are located in urban areas and around half of them in the capital city of the state,” says the report.

“In the absence of a single national council governing human resources for health, reforms in admission policy and procedures are not identical or synergetic across various health professions, says the report and it recommends that medical and nursing schools should proactively engaged in reforms. “Create a dedicated expert group to advance the agenda of competency-driven education for health professionals in the country,” the report suggests.

Read the report

Comments

 

Other News

US action on Hizb chief dampens Kashmiri separatists’ spirits

The USA declaring Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin as a specially designated global terrorist may not take the sting out of terrorists’ plans in Kashmir immediately but it has given a huge setback to Kashmiri separatists who had always hoped for American intervention in the Indo-Pak standoff o

Music is universal. It has no language: Vani Jairam

Vani Jairam’s childhood dream of becoming a playback singer was realised when veteran film music composer Vasant Desai gave her the opportunity to sing Bole Re Papi Hara and two other songs in the movie Guddi. After that, the multilingual singer went on to sing for eminent music per

Should there be death penalty for those involved in lynching?

Should there be death penalty for those involved in lynching?

Battle over cattle, Delhi govt schools lead the way and, why we must return to Gandhi & Tagore

On May 23 this year, the ministry of environment issued ‘Rules on prevention of cruelty to animals (regulation of livestock market)’ with the purported aim of regulating animal markets. When one reads the rules – notwithstanding the lame efforts from union ministers to issue clarificati

BEML unveils 9 MW capacity windmill park

  BEML, a mini ratna category-1 enterprise of the defence ministry, has set a target of using 100 percent renewable energy for its own consumption.   In this connection, BEML’s 9 MW Windmill Park installed at Bagalkot District in Karnataka was recently

BHEL registers increase in intellectual capital

  Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), a Maharatna enterprise, has recorded nearly 14 percent growth in its intellectual capital in 2016-17 fiscal. During the year, a record 508 patents and copyrights were filed by the company, translating into filing of nearly two patents/copyrights



Video

पाकिस्तानी सेना कैमरे में कैद करना चाहती थी ये हमला

Current Issue

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter