Published On: Sat, Dec 3rd, 2011

MCI chairman Dr. Talwar asks Punjab govt. to improve medical education

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Dr KK Talwar

Dr KK Talwar, MCI Chairman

Dr. KK Talwar, Medical Council of India (MCI) chairman has asked Punjab govt. to provide better infrastructure  to stop the decline of medical education in the state.

 “Punjab state has two big medical education institutions one each at Patiala and Amritsar run by the state government. Better infrastructure and facilities at both could produce more good doctors,” Talwar told reporters while talking to them at inauguration of the 60th Annual Conference of Indian Academy of Pathologists & Microbiologists (IAPM).

 Dr. Talwar lamented facilities provided by government in these medical colleges and said that government should do more and infuse more funds into it.

When he was asked about his views to allow foreign medical universities in the country he said that it was for the government to decide.

 When asked about medical brain drain from the country, he said that government had already issued the notification to bring ‘Brain Back’ programme in which Indian doctors with post-graduate (PG) medical degrees from UK, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand can now practise in India in any public or private hospital. They can also be a faculty member in any medical college and teach under-graduate students.

 Earlier inaugurating the conference he said that the medical education system in the country is on catastrophe stage and inexperienced faculty has entered in the medical education.

 He said that as with a number of medical colleges coming up in the country, system leading to decline in the standards of medical education. Exposing the medical students to best teaching environment, development of latest infrastructure, unethical practices in the profession, sufficient funds, quality content in teaching and training and attracting best talent to enter medical profession, are some of the challenges today for the medical fraternity of the country and the Medical Council of India.