Kochi: Owing to the lack of adequate infrastructure and contemporary reform, standard of medical education in Kerala is dropping its earlier level. Medical Council of India (MCI) have completed syllabus restructuring of MBBS. New syllabus will effect from 2019 August. However, medical colleges in the state are not yet equipped to adapt to the new syllabus.
Though crores are spent towards infrastructure development, there is little spending towards development of learning amenities.
Annually, more than 5000 students are completing their medical graduation from 35 colleges under the health university in Kerala. It is alleged that most of the graduates are incompetent to serve the basic needs in the health sector. Unemployment is severe in dental and paramedical sector. Medicos demand comprehensive reforms and research to solve the pressing issues in the sector. Health University was conceived as a remedy for these issues. However, even after a decade of establishment, contemporary change is yet a dream.
Out of 100 best medical colleges in India of 2019 listed by Ministry of Human Resource Development, 18 are from Kerala. Of the 18, five are in Thiruvananthapuram district. However, no colleges, even Thiruvananthapuram Medical College, under Kerala Health University, were figured in the national ranking.
Tamil Nadu and Karnataka have six and five colleges respectively in the list issued by MHRD. Performance of state's medical college has to be examined in contrast to these states.
Most medical colleges have dilapidated buildings which houses classrooms and laborataries. No teacher training programmes are conducted in line with the syllabus reform. Situation is not very different in private medical colleges.
These situations are affecting the medical education in the state to a large extent. Indian Medical Association has demanded non renewal of affiliation of those medical colleges which do not bring a change in standard of the education.