The medical education scenario in India has undergone a radical transformation since the last few years. The NEET UG examination which has recently replaced the decades-old AIPMT has become the single gateway for admission to MBBS courses.
As per the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) figures for NEET 2017, the exam offered 65,170 MBBS seats across 470 medical colleges and 25,730 BDS seats across 308 dental colleges. Other than NEET UG, students also have the option of appearing in AIIMS and JIPMER examinations for admissions to a total of 907 seats in MBBS courses across 9 campuses combined.
India is also witnessing the emergence of research in new domains like biomedical engineering, nuclear medicine, radiology, forensic medicine, genetics and aerospace medicine. All these career options are poised to yield significant benefits in the long run. The prospects of MBBS with specializations in different verticals at the post-graduation level are quite bright.
Moreover, an MBBS degree in India from a good Government college costs much less than that of in countries like China, Russia, European Union and the United States, ranging from anywhere between Rs. 1000 per annum to Rs. 1,00,000 per annum. India is an emerging bright spot for medical education and research in the long run.
Russia and China are the two major international destinations for Indian medical students aspiring for a foreign degree. Some prominent universities in Russia offering MBBS are Saint Petersburg Medical University, Volgograd Medical University, Tver State Medical Academy and Kazan State Medical University. Many Chinese universities like the Huazhong University of Science & Technology, Jilin University and Nanjing Medical University also offer MBBS courses. The cost of a foreign degree usually ranges between Rs. 15 lakhs and Rs. 60 lakhs to be paid throughout the timespan of the entire course, similar to many private medical colleges in India.
One obstacle for graduates from foreign medical colleges is that they are required to compulsorily clear the rigorous Foreign Medical Graduates Examination (FMGE), a screening test held by the Medical Council of India to determine whether the returning student is qualified for practice and further studies in India, a process which students who have completed their MBBS studies in India can skip.
We have identified the comparison of MBBS at Private College in India vs MBBS from Abroad.
Quality of Education:
No matter how good is the private college you get enrolled into, if compared with western countries which are far more advanced and developed than India, you will see the quality of education provided by the western countries are far better and career driven than that in India. Moreover, even the total expenditure is almost same when considered private colleges and the western universities. So if you get better education within the same cost then why not?
Global Experience and Exposure:
The global experience and exposure that is offered by foreign countries makes all the difference. It helps you in staying focused and be more independent. You learn to overcome the hardships of your life.
Availability of seats:
The huge population and the increasing number of medical aspirants in India makes it quite difficult for students to secure a place for themselves in a private college as seats fill up fast and once the numbers are full, the colleges refuse to take on any more students or even demands huge number of donation. And also there is the reservation quota system, which makes it difficult to get into good medical college in India.