What ails Medical research in India?

Kalantri SP


In 1947, India had just 20 medical colleges admitting 1200 medical students. Sixty-seven years later, we have 412 medical colleges thatadmit49840 medical students each year. Although the numbers have gone up, the quality has gone down. Most colleges lack research culture, supportive infrastructure,and trained teachers to conduct research. If the existing scenario is so dark, is there any light at the end of the tunnel? Of late, we see a large number of medical students who use ICMR short term studentships and conferences to wet their feet in medical research. If even a handful of our ICMR STS scholars take to serious research later in life, we could see world class medical research that could make Narayana Murthy justifiably proud.

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