The Coronavirus Pandemic seriously gave us a front seat to a very eye-opening real-life experience as to the crucial role of healthcare and medicine in the growth, prosperity, and peace of human society. This life-threatening crisis led us as a human race to collectively put our humble recognition to healthcare professionals. However, that does not mean people are ignorant to their roles but their importance has been ingrained into our very societal belief as a result medicine throughout the world especially in India has been a revered and prestigious profession. From an economic point of view, it is a very rewarding and secure profession given the country’s increasing population and the serious gap in the doctor-patient ratio has always kept doctors in high demand.
The increasing demand for healthcare and medicine is also due to the factor of longer life expectancy, the rise of disease -rare or otherwise, increasing income and health consciousness among youths. The high demand to pursue the medical profession and limited numbers of seats in government and private medical institutions make it tough and cut-throat competition amongst the rising numbers of aspirants.
The fact adds more challenge to the aspirant is that in India, there are 75,000 seats for MBBS at 529 colleges, of which 269 are government colleges and 260 are private colleges whereas every year the number of applicants increases exponentially. In 2019 nearly 15 lakhs registered for the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) which is a single gateway to pursue a medical career in India and the number of applicants rose 15 % in 2020. If we calculate further, more than 21 candidates competed for one MBBS seat in 2020.
Every year lakhs of students go through cut-throat competition to secure exceptional scores to get admission to a government college as private colleges have a high fee structure where the average is INR 75 lakh. This sky-high price is often out of reach for many students. In this scenario, more and more students are choosing to opt for a foreign destination for a medical career due to a number of facts. The first being cost as the price range could start from as low as INR 20 Lakhs to an average INR 80 Lakhs onward depending on the university. Another lucrative addition to this price bracket is the low cost of accommodation with all the essential amenities provided to the students at a very budget-friendly range.
In India NEET is the only gateway to pursue a medical career whereas a number of foreign countries are allowing Indian students to pursue a medical degree without NEET and that includes countries like- Russia, the Philippines, China, Ukraine, Japan, the USA, Nepal. That does not mean they are lowering the bar. There are certain criteria for the students without NEET. All these factors are driving students to choose foreign countries for their MBBS degree and the most popular destinations are Ukraine, China, Russia, Bangladesh. There is another country that is becoming an increasingly popular choice amongst students that is Georgia. All these countries have the Medical Council of India(MCI) approved medical institutions, affordable price range, and reasonable living costs to benefit medical students.
The increasingly popular trend of Indian students choosing to pursue medical degrees abroad has created a whole new ecosystem in place from students, parents, consultants, statutory authorities, etc.
Recognized consultants are highly sought after for their valuable guidance and advice to secure a seat in good medical institutions by students. Checkmate, a recognized career consultancy in Kolkata has been guiding students to the best MBBS and BDS programs in four international destinations China, Georgia, Ukraine, and our neighboring country Bangladesh since 2015. Mr. Kazi Habib, Director of Checkmate sheds light on their meticulously designed strategy to monitor MBBS and BDS programs in the aforementioned countries across several different parameters that ensure quality guidance to all the students under our wing- “Our service has resulted in significant trust from the students under our guidance and their parents. Studying abroad is a huge investment. We ensure students have access to the best quality of education therefore only recommend admission in reputed MCI and WHO recognized medical colleges abroad. Also, we take it into consideration that students are aware of all the concerned aspects and ready to embark on their career abroad with solid knowledge and constant guidance”.