Research is what harbours innovation or invention in any field. While India has one of the largest healthcare market, the state of medical research is pathetic.
Research is what harbours innovation or invention in any field. While India has one of the largest healthcare market, the state of medical research is pathetic. A study published by Current Medicine Research and Practice highlights that nearly 60% of the 579 medical institutes in India have not published a single research paper in a decade since 2005. It further points out that 40% research is being published by the top 25 institutes in the country including AIIMS, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh and King George Medical College, Lucknow.
While AIIMS is far ahead of its Indian counterparts with more than 11,000 research papers, its research is only one-third of MIT and Mayo College, both in US. Though research papers cannot be a criteria for assessing the quality of education, but, a Reuters report highlights that medical education in the country is plagued with fraud. According to Reuters research, one in six medical schools has been accused of cheating. In 2010, 69 medical colleges and teaching hospitals were accused of rigging entrance exams and accepting bribes. While the Medical Council of India has recommended some changes, what the country badly needs is better implementation of norms.