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Indians Going to U.S. for Medical Studies will have to Sign a Bond to Return

By SiliconIndia   |   Thursday, 26 April 2012, 07:11 Hrs   |    15 Comments
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Bangalore: Indian students going to U.S. for medical studies will have to sign a bond stating that they will come back to the country after the completion of studies, according to Union Health Minister, Ghulam Nabi Azad, reports Times of India.

He has come up with this proposal as a measure to tackle the problem of scarcity of qualified doctors in India; but the decision is creating problems and making it difficult for Indians to practice abroad.

"From this year onwards, any student going for further medical education to the US will have to give us a bond that he will come back after finishing the studies. In the last three years, 3000 doctors went abroad for studies and did not return. Now if a student does not come back from the US, he won't be allowed to practice there," Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said, reports Economic Times.

He also said that the U.S. is now asking for a no-objection certificate from the government for every student joining an American institution. "No other country except the US is asking for this NOC’’, Azad told reporters.

But many feel that such kind of bans and regulations is not the right kind of approach and on the other hand India should be able to give good education to more doctors and provide them a better environment and facilities for practice.


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Reader's comments(15)
1: Absolutely! we must be proud for the so called largest democracy. Almost many doctors who did MBBS in India are in a situation where they can neither get good PG training nor they are allowed to do residency in USA, the only big place where they can do PG training. The political parties want the money from NRIs who sent a big chunk for the party funds and they impose such rules discouraging they to get good education...be it in India or abroad.Doctors brain drain is only because they dont get adequate PG training in India. If they politicians have any respect/ remorse for themselves, WHY DONT PROVIDE A MANDATORY POST GRADUATE TRAINING FOR INDIAN DOCTORS LIKE IN THE USA? I WISH I RECORD MY VOICE OVER THE NET & SHOUT AGAINST THE GOVT AND SAY...LIKE FREEDOM, EDUCATION IS MY BIRTH RIGHT...I SHALL HAVE IT. Before being an INDIAN, I am a human being capable and worthy of education. BOLO SWATANTR BHARAT KI JAI!
Posted by:pvrark - 15 May, 2012
RAHUL Replied to: pvrark - 29 Jul, 2012
3: I wonder this is Democracy.The resident doctors across India are exploited by Govt 24x7x365.Those making sermons here have no idea as to whats is it to become a doctor in india. And mind, neither the society not the Government is making any obligation on these docs. They are bright lots and pursue one of the best humane profession. People shd know what filthy conditions prevail across medical set-ups across India. There is one more idiotic idea that doctors must serve for some years in rural areas. Like reservation, these doctors will get extra marks. Merit my foot? Then if Indians go abroad for other professions, businesses, and we are proud for that, why not doctors? Whats offered by Government which is flocked by those who have hardly done any higher education or meritorious and humane service and have sent this country to nadirs of chaos and corruption?
Posted by:pal - 03 May, 2012
4: Poor thinking.
Posted by:tripathi - 28 Apr, 2012
5: This is a bad beginning for education in India. When the educated is not taken care of by the Govt.it has no moral right to insist conditions. Meritorious students are highly a demoralised lot.
Dr.Sivarama Krishna
Posted by:Sivarama Krishna - 27 Apr, 2012
6: Get this bond signed when they apply for subsidized medical education in India. India is poor country and can't afford to educate doctors for American citizens.
Posted by:Nasir Jawed - 27 Apr, 2012
7: thank god,this is not for engineers.
Posted by:gps - 27 Apr, 2012
8: Are we living in democracy or communist country ? Who the hell are you to make such rule... First give all those facility in India that a scientist working in USA gets... Nonsense... You can never dominate on citizens like that... You can achieve it by transforming the India but not by forcing...
Posted by:Amar - 26 Apr, 2012
Who defines democracy? Its a living dynamic system which adapts. You should be free to choose if you never depended on govt aid in education.

I'm sure you know how much students spend on medical education in US? Or how much it costs in private insitutions in India.

If you never availed any subsidy in education in India (Direct Indirect), you should be free to choose else live with it.
Vishal Replied to: Amar - 27 Apr, 2012
Excellent Vishal,

People talk as if they on their own. They want all the rights of democrasy but do not want the duties to perform. With common sense these are the non-sense indians.

Facilities are only excecuses. They love second citizenship but don't want to work for India.
Shekhar Replied to: Vishal - 28 Apr, 2012
11: Dear sirs,

This plan is a good one for national health programme. There is a lacuna in it or hole in the pot. Unless Govt signs a bond to the student that they would be employing him for 50% of the salary what he gets at the US $ in USA, this rule is a waste since the student won't work in USA after studies and he will not be employed in INDIA by the Govt. of India. So the medical students should sign the bond only when the Govt signs a bond to the student that they would be employed in Govt of India with minimum Rs.50,000/- and maximum Rs. 1 lac for a doctor depending upon their skill. K SUESH BABU 9493223877. k_suresh_babu@yahoo.com
Posted by:k suresh babu - 26 Apr, 2012
12: Why the heading says Go Back Indian Medicos, Says U.S.
when the Proposal is from Indian Minister
Posted by:amar - 26 Apr, 2012
I was thinking the same thing. Media just wants to portray US in bad light for any damn thing. It should have been - "come back medicos". Indian medicos will work in rural areas in US where no US doctor will go. US is more than willing to keep them till J1 visa expires.
Sanjay Rao Replied to: amar - 26 Apr, 2012
14: as if these bonds work! but the solution is to create more doctors than worry about the leaving frogs. Also stop subsidizing the medical education.
Posted by:Boja - 26 Apr, 2012
15: This is not a practical solution to deal the problem of qualified Indian doctors in India.
Posted by:arun - 26 Apr, 2012