80% rise in students aspiring for medicine abroad

The number of students who applied for the mandatory eligibility certificate from the MCI to study medicine abroad almost doubled in the year 2017-18 from 2016-17. This is being backed by the official data in response to an RTI filed to MCI in October 2018.
The number of applications received in the year 2017-18 were 18,383. as against the number of applications for eligibility certificate received by the MCI in the previous year 2016-17 which were 10,555. “The key reason for this is the lack of medical seats in India. There is a total of approximately 60,000 medical seats that is being offered by Government and private colleges for medical aspirants. Also, higher awareness levels of the overseas colleges, more affordable fees compared to Indian private colleges, curriculum aligned to international standards and better global growth opportunities are other reasons why students prefer to study MBBS abroad,” said Saju Bhaskar, President & Founder of an overseas MCI recognised medical university, Texila American University.

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