The profession of a doctor is the most coveted and respected world-over. We all look up to doctors and worship them next to god. This saintly profession grants one the power to heal and give a new life to fellow beings. It is the greatest power that any profession bestows upon its followers. In our country, the percentage of doctors as compared to the total population is negligible. The continuous toil attached to this profession has kept away hoards of aspirants. The selection process in the Medical Colleges in India is a difficult task. In spite of these factors, we need to motivate the younger generation to join the profession and also increase the number of seats in the good medical colleges in India.
The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, is the best medical college in the country. It is the dream college of any medical aspirant and the Alma mater of the most successful doctors. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru conceived this college and soon after independence work started to erect it. It conducts an all India common entrance test for admission. AIIMS is known for its premier teaching and research (42 disciplines), clinical programs and patient care. At the undergraduate level it offers courses in medicine, nursing and related areas (MBBS, B. Sc. in human biology, B. Sc. in nursing, audiometry, ophthalmic, techniques, radiography). Post graduation is offered in all specialties of medical study (MD, MS, MDS, DM, M.Ch and M.Sc.).
The Christian Medical College (CMC) in Vellore, is affiliated to the TN Dr. MGR Medical University. It was founded in 1900. The college conducts an entrance test followed by interview, for admission. For undergraduate level it grants MBBS, Nursing (B. Sc.), Physiotherapy (BPT), Occupational therapy (BOT) and Medical Laboratory Technology (B. Sc.). It also offers fellowship in HIV Medicine and Secondary Hospital Medicine.
Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC) is a prestigious institute, set up in May 1948 in Pune. It was created by amalgamating Army Medical Training Center, Army School of Hygiene, the Central Military Pathology Laboratory, School of Blood Transfusion and the Army School of Radiology. On the first Sunday of May, an entrance test is conducted for admission to UG course in MBBS and B. Sc Nursing. Qualified applicants are called for an interview, but the final selection is on the basis of a medical fitness test. PG courses include MD, MS, M. Ch. and PhD. AFMC is affiliated to the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences and recognized by the Medical Council of India (MCI).
Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER) is the renamed Ecole de Medicine de Pondicherry, which was established by the French Government in 1823 in Pondicherry. In 1964, the Indian government took over it. A common entrance test is conducted for admission. The Undergraduate courses are MBBS, B Sc. (medical laboratory technology), and BMRSc. The post graduate courses include MD, MS, Diploma, and M.Sc. in Medical Biochemistry; and PhD. JIPMER also offers unique super speciality courses – M.Ch in cardio thoracic surgery and M.Ch in urology.
Lady Hardinge Medical College for women, in Delhi, was constituted in 1914. It is affiliated to the University of Delhi and recognized by MCI. The various courses are – MBBS at UG level, MD and MS at PG level, and Diploma.
Kasturba Gandhi Medical College, Chennai, is located in Manipal, Karnataka, and affiliated to the Manipal University. It was inaugurated in 1953 and is the first private medical college in India. It is a much sought after medical college in India.
Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, was established in 1959, and follows Delhi University rules and regulations for exams and selection. It offers undergraduate courses in MBBS and BDS. And at the PG level it offers MD, MS, PG Diploma courses in Geriatric Medicine and in Maternity an Child Health, and PG Fellowship in HIV/AIDS Medicine, Associate Fellowship in Industrial Health. The institute also offers post doctoral options. And DM, M.Ch. It also has an HIV fellowship program.
The Grant Medical College in Mumbai is a state governed college, affiliated to the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, Nashik, and founded in 1845. Admission is on merit basis and there is seat reservation also. The institute has 200 seats for MBBS at UG level. MD and MS is offered in all major branches at PG level, and has 130 seats. Super specialty courses- DM and M. Ch, in all major branches, and DMLT for technician training are also available. There is a short term observer-ship as well – a six weeks training in diagnosis and management of tropical diseases.
St. John’s National Academy of Health Sciences was set up in 1963 by the Catholic Bishops Conference of India. It conducts its own entrance test. The institute is recognized under the University Grants Commission (UGC) and affiliated to the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore. It offers MBBS and B. Sc at undergraduate level; MD, MS and M.Sc in post graduate level; post graduate diploma; Super Speciality courses; and DNB (Diplomat of the National Board) courses.
Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute popularly known as BMC, is run by the Karnataka government, and established in 1955. It is an autonomous institute under the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore. Undergraduate degree in MBBS is offered to those qualify in the Karnataka Common Entrance Test (for state students) or AIPMT (national level students). At the UG level, paramedical courses are also offered. Post graduate degree is offered in MD, MS, super speciality courses (M.Ch, diploma, post doctoral fellowship).
The entrance examination to get through the good Medical Colleges in India, is not an easy nut to crack. And the competition thereafter is also cut throat. Being a doctor is in no way a cake walk. But those dedicated and keen enough to serve humankind, slog and sweat. Even if they do not succeed the first time, they continue their efforts to get into one of the best medical colleges in India, because being a doctor is not merely a profession, but a passion to serve.