12 years of schooling, 5 years of MBBS, 2 years or more for specialisation and an enormous amount of money and hard work is what it takes to become a doctor. The cause is noble, the position is respected, and the dedication is immense. When a commoner is sick, his life is in the hands of a doctor. The experience, knowledge, education, on the spot thinking and the training of a doctor, comes into play then. Thus this position is very crucial unlike becoming a CEO in a company as you are not responsible for any other human beings life as a CEO but as a doctor you are.
In India, we have quite a few takers for entering this profession. A lot of the government colleges are highly reputed in this country. The rise of private education in this sphere has increased the risks of going to a qualified doctor when one is sick. At times the private education domain accepts admission based on donation and not on merit. Considering the importance of a doctor in the society, this method of admitting students seems wrong. Moreover, the increase in the population of our country makes the number of seats in government colleges limited. We then come across the traditional demand-supply problem and the asymmetric information problem.
The providers of education say the private and government institutions know the standard of education provided by them. However, the receivers say the students have no idea about the level of education offered by the institutions. This is the asymmetric information problem. In order to facilitate this and bridge the gap of insufficient information the Medical Council of India was established. I will not furnish information about its objectives as one can easily look it up online.
It’s time now to move on with the society and civilisation and come to the era of globalisation. For a layman, globalisation is the exchange of goods and services. Education naturally comes under services. Thus common sense would tell us that if one can become a doctor here by pursuing MBBS, one can continue the same in a foreign country as well. The medical council of India has another role to play here. One needs to know that a medical degree is not 100 percent compatible across countries. So let us assume that Ram completes his MBBS from India. He will not be allowed to practice with this MBBS degree in the US nor will he be allowed to do his PG specialisation directly.
However, the MCI realised soon that it needed to tie up with countries across to make it possible for brilliant minds to take advantage of the various benefits such as better education standards, low tuition fee to mention a few. Thus it recognised a few universities in countries such as Philippines, Russia, and Ukraine etc. and provided a ranking. An Indian with an MBBS degree from these colleges is eligible to practise in India. So if one wants to be sure of the quality of education and the recognition, the MCI ranking has a crucial role to play.
To conclude, knowledge and learning lay the foundation of the human capital of this country. Thus it is imperative to take an informed decision then regret later.