While the union government has decided to go with the Medical Council of India’s (MCI) proposal to introduce a Bachelor of Rural Healthcare (BRHC) course, it is yet to be finalised whether BRHC graduates will be able to call themselves ‘doctors’.
After the two-day meeting held by the MCIconcluded on February 5 in Delhi, it was almost certain that the Union government will give their approval to the programme to ease the dearth of healthcare professionals in rural India.
MCI president Dr. Ketan Desai told DNA: “Officials from the government of India were present at the meeting and they have agreed to consider the MCI proposal to start a dedicated course for rural healthcare, with some minor changes. Now MCI will prepare a final draft and send it to the government for a final decision.”
Talking about the course, Dr. Desai said: “The Bachelor of Rural Health Care will be athree-and-half-year course and students who pass their SSC and HSC (science stream) from schools in rural areas only will qualify for admission.
Initially, the course will be started at government hospitals which have a capacity of 150 beds in a district and which do not have a medical college. The hospital will be given Rs15-20 crore for running the course. The strength of the batch would be 25-50 students.” However, according to Dr. Desai, it is not clear whether students who pass this examination will be eligible for the ‘doctor’ tag. Regardless of this, they will be allowed to practice in notified rural areas only.
“As the course is meant to provide better health services in rural India, students passing this course will have to serve in the government’s hospitals or health centres for a minimum of three years and after that, if they wish, they can start their own practice. But they will be licensed to practice in the notified rural area only,” the MCI president said.
He further said: “As different rural areas in the same state might have different health problems at local levels, we will finalise a basic course structure with essential subjects and some teaching modules can be added or changed according to local health issues.”
“MCI will be sending the final draft to the government of India in the next few weeks and the final decision from the centre will come by the end of March.After that it will up to the states when to start this course,” Dr. Desai said.
Nearly 280 representatives including health secretaries of states, vice chancellors of health universities and directors of medical educations in the states among others attended the programme.
dr.suresh avhad says
NATIONALIZE ALL THE PRIVATE MEDICAL COLLEGES & UPGRADE ALL EXISTING BAMS/BHMS/BUMS COLLEGES TO MBBS & PROVIDE UNIFORM MEDICAL DEGREE IN INDIA
We hereby request to
Hon,President of India,
Hon,Prime minister of India,
Hon, Health Minister of India
& All the Hon, MP’s from Rajyasabha & Loksabha
to seriously think on “Nationalization of Medical Education”…
1)Medical Education should be on the top of priority list of Govt of India..
Privatization of medical education started in 1953,
& now every big politician owns a Medical college & sugar factory.
those who cant own medical college, own BAMS or BHMS colleges..
management quota seats are literally sold.
Medical Education is now market, where those who have lot of money can get admissions
Truly worthy students are deprived from getting medical education, in this Bazar.
Those who invest money for education naturally tries to put out the invested money with interest, they are going to accept freebies & gifts from the Pharma companies, no matter MCI’s Ketan Desai bans it.
True Medical professional needs Empathy, Emotions & Ethics in his heart.
Privatization of Medical Education kept all these words into dictionary
2)Upgrade all the existing BAMS/BHMS/BUMS/BSMS colleges to MBBS & provide them with necessary infrastructure.
Existing BAMS/BHMS/BUMS/BSMS practitioners should be upgraded to MBBS by offering them refreshing course in medicine & pharmacology through CME centers at Taluka/Tehsil level.The CME centers at Taluka/Tehsil level should be provided with recent advances in technology like video conferencing.
3) Government’s job is to provide/ensure proper health care to it’s citizens & not to promote the different pathies, hence AYUSH dept. & CCIM & CCH should be scrapped.
& Uniform scientific medical syllabus should be offered in the Nation,Ayurveda,unani & siddha would be offered as optional subjects.as they have the Indian origin & should be considered as potential resource for research in main stream medicine.
Thanx with Regards
A. H. Talukdar, assam says
Its a dramatic approach by MCI for the rural people in india but it wil b a matter of confusion for the people if they are not prescribed the tag “dr” and also for the practitiones because the similar course is eshtablished in assam. They are designate as ‘rural health practitioner’ & facing lot of problem thaugh they are well trained. People always rise question regarding this and often shows unwill to appoach to them for treatment. So the approach will half fulfilled @ unsuccesful if they r not prescribed to write ‘Dr.’ meself telling from my experience as a ‘RHP’.
This course is nice becouse 75% people leave in rular areas
Which course 🙂 🙂
Mohan K says
Sir what about the students who stayed in rural area and finished their education in urban areas this is only due to no proper education facilites and also their is no schools at some rural areas:) thank u sir:-)
Mohan K says
sir its sslc and hsc[+2]
this is only due to no proper teachers facilites and also their is no schools at some rural areas for this reason students have to move urban areas, in some other condition majority of rural students completed their sslc in rural and they continue their +2 hsc in urban is they are eligibal for brhc course :)plz solve my doubt, thank u sir:-