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A team of paramedics, nurses and doctors at Civil Hospital, Ahmedabad give a thumbs-up claiming victory over Covid-19 | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

‘Can’t shorten further’ — medical experts say cutting MBBS course duration will hurt quality

In a report to the government, a Group of Ministers has recommended shortening the five-and-a-half-year MBBS course by a year.
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Cut MBBS course to 4.5 years including internship, ministers’ panel suggests

GoM on health has also recommended two-year mandatory rural posting of doctors before awarding them MBBS degrees.
Covid-19 testing at the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, Delhi. | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Despite doctors’ objections, Delhi govt hospitals prepare to hire MBBS students for Covid duty

Federation of Resident Doctors’ Association objected to Delhi govt’s 18 November order that asked hospitals to engage medical students, interns to assist Covid doctors.
PVS Hospital in Ernakulam

Govt to reserve 5 MBBS seats for children of Covid warriors under central pool

The selection will be made by the Medical Council Committee through online application on the basis of NEET-2020 rank. The state and UT govt will certify the eligibility.
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Bring back the family doctor. India has too many specialists

Every town and city in India has a multi-speciality clinic or hospital. But where are our family physicians who can tell us ‘go to the doctor’?
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All PG medical students will now get a 3-month mandatory posting at district hospitals

Officials say the move will ensure there are more specialists in district hospitals., and will also help PG students understand the district health system better.
Doctors treat Covid-19 patients in an intensive care unit at a Hospital in Rome, Italy | Bloomberg

Pandemic management to be part of MBBS syllabus now

The move has been triggered by the coronavirus pandemic and aims to prepare doctors for challenges posed by emerging diseases.
Students from Tianjin medical university with India's ambassador to China

Why Indian students will want to study medicine in China despite coronavirus

According to the Ministry of Human Resource Development data, 23,000 Indian students are studying in China and of this, 21,000 are pursuing medicine — as of 2019.

Coming soon: BCom, BTech, MBBS in Telugu, Bengali & all Indian languages

Higher education in mother tongue is likely to be a part of the New Education Policy, which seeks to overhaul India’s education system.

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