Stressing the need to revise the medical education system in India, Director, Nimhans, Bengaluru, Prof B N Gangadhar said that the education imparted to budding doctors does not meet the demands of the society.
Speaking at a two-day All India Medical and Dental Student Conference ‘MeDe Vision 2016’ jointly organised by the Akhila Bharat Vidyarthi Parishat (ABVP) and JSS Medial College, Prof Gangadhar pointed that though the education system had seen a great transformation it had not geared up to address the issues of primary health care.
“Health sector has been improved a lot in last five decades with the eradication of polio, low maternal mortality, proportion of disability and increase in the life expectancy rate. But non-communicable diseases like TB and Malaria are still plaguing our societies which needs immediate solution,” he said.
Prof Gangadhar expressed his disappointment over modern medicine being given the prime status sidelining the Indian medicine system.
“Allopathy is just a century old and the Indian medicine system has a history of more than 1,000 years. There is a need for debates on allopathy being given the prime status, as 80 percent of Indians are willing to adopt traditional medicine,” he said, adding, “integration of Indian system of medicine in the current scenario would boost the health care at large.”
He also said that commercialisation of medical education was increasing with more than 50 percent colleges being run by private institutions and was seen as a mere business.
Prof Gangadhar advised the budding doctors to undergo trainings in Public Health Centres rather than private hospitals to understand the pulse of the people.
Taking a jibe at the Medical Council of India (MCI), Founder & President, Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement, Mysuru, Dr R Balasubramaian alleged that the MCI had become corrupt and posed a major challenge to the medical education system.
Dr Balasumramanian also proposed the Indianisation of medical curriculum to address the challenges and demands of the Indian society.
“The MCI should prepare the curriculum for medical colleges with an Indian perspective rather than blindly follow the western syllabus. It is only then the MCI will not only be Medical Council of India but also Medical Council for India,” he added.
Suttur Seer Sri Shivarathri Deshikendra Mahaswami National General Secretary, ABVP, Vinay Bidre and members of Sangh Parivar were present.