Indian Medical Students Flee Abroad Due to Scarcity of PG Seats

By SiliconIndia   |   Wednesday, 28 August 2013, 13:27 Hrs
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Bangalore: India is falling short of expert medical care in most hospitals as skilled doctors are fleeing to other nations in search of a better future.



The reason why medical aspirants are flying abroad is due to lack of PG seats in Indian Medical Colleges. This has created the brain drain crisis where Indian talent is becoming a part of countries abroad. There is a huge contrast in the allotment of seats for post-graduate and under-graduate students by medical institutions. The number of seats allocated for Post graduate students in India is only 14,500, while 47,688 UG seats are available in 381 medical colleges, according to statistics by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) and Association of Healthcare Providers of India (AHPI).



 A developed country like the U.S. has 19,000 Under Graduate seats and 32,000 PG seats in clinical subjects. The comparison certainly highlights the extreme disparity that is seen in both countries.



A total of 60,000 Indian doctors are working in countries like U.S., UK and Australia. Among these, a shocking number of 29,451 Indian doctors are serving in the UK alone. With more specialists opting to fly out, it’s the Indians who have to suffer.



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