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India to Doctors: Please Don't Leave or We'll Bring You Back

Nilofer D'Souza
Published: 26, Apr 2012

I was a Features writer at Forbes India, where I wrote primarily on healthcare and explore retail as a sector. The technologies that make both these industries tick interests me greatly. For story ideas or feedback you can reach me on Twitter @Niloferd

In various news reports, Health Minister, Ghulam Nabi Azad, has said, “From this year onwards, any student going for further medical education to the US will have to give us a bond that he will come back after finishing the studies. In the last three years, 3000 doctors went abroad for studies and did not return. Now if a student does not come back from the US, he won't be allowed to practice there.”

A regressive policy, one must say.

Students who received an admission in the US for the academic year of 2012 are in a quandary now. As they apply for their visas, the government has asked students to sign an affidavit, which has one clause that says they will come back to India if asked to do so. This is a bid to curb doctors from leaving India.

This raises a problem for students as many of them are unclear when they will be asked to go back.They spoke to me on the condition of anonymity, and they made their case.

One, most students travel to the US under a J1 visa, which works as an exchange programme. Here, students are treated as residents, where they study for at least three years and can continue to practice. Under this visa, it is mandatory for them to return to their home country after seven years to serve in their home country for two years. They can waive that return by serving in a rural area in the US. With the new rule, students are uncertain when they will be asked to come back.

Two, most of the students I spoke to said they studied in private colleges. They feel it is unfair to ask them to come back as they have not received any support from the government. They say Azad is doing this because of the number of students who study in government colleges and leave to study and ultimately migrate to the US. The few that I interviewed said none of them studied in government colleges under the merit category, which receives a huge amount of monetary discounts.

Another problem from the government’s side is the figure that the ministry is quoting: 3,000 doctors in three years. If you just divide that, it works out to 1,000 doctors per year of a total of 45,000 graduating doctors in India annually or 2.22 percent of the total number of doctors India produces every year. Instead of focusing on the minority, the government should strengthen the post graduate courses in India, which has increased over the years, but still has a long way to go. Currently, for an MD degree, there are a little less than 5,000 seats across the country.

One student I spoke to says his friend tried for two years to get into the merit category for an MD in Surgery course in India, and finally resolved to pay the fee and get his seat as he was losing time. The sum was a whopping Rs 1 crore. This is a third reason students are angry. The cost of getting a post graduate seat in India is still higher than what they would have to pay in the US.

While education in the US is not cheap, they argue that they have spent a lot of time, effort, money and energy flying up and down just to write the exam. Each exam costs a student approximately $1,000, and they write a minimum of four. Students feel like the government has taken the issue up at a time where they have months to get their papers processed and leave.

If the government demands that students come back to India after their course of study, going abroad will not just be harder, but it will make coming back to the country bitter. Another student said he runs an NGO and knows he will come back in 15 years to India, but a rule like this will leave a “bitter taste” in his mouth as he will feel forced to come back rather than it have been his own choice.

The ministry should focus on the larger picture, the 97.78 students who stay in India. Incentivise their work and give them benefits for choosing to stay behind instead of penalizing the few who go abroad.

 

  • SANJAY P K P

    Yes I remember the good old days when graduates in medicine were reverred as family doctors who imparted medical advise even during get togethers like birthday, wedding functions and death. Blatant consumerism has led us to specialisations where multiple medicines get prescribed and some medicines in the group prescribed do the effect with the ill effects of other medicine consumed giving you the side effect at a later date. Sanjay P K P, Puthalath House, Chirakkal R S, Kannur 670011

    on Jul 25, 2016
  • Anonymous

    Instead of forcing students and doctors to return to India, why don't the govt strive to provide better amenities and opportunities in India itself?! Make it better in India than it is in Uk or USA.

    on Jul 6, 2016
  • Poornima

    Already the best brains are abandoning biology and choosing non-medical stream in class XI itself. This gives them another reason for not choosing to be a doctor in India

    on Jun 6, 2016
  • Vrs

    Is this still valid?

    on Jun 2, 2016
  • Medico

    Well if the government is so concerned then why don't they spend a little money on increasing PG seats and making sure that goverment seats are not sold and provide better medical care facilities in government hospitals and make more hospitals. No why would they do something that will actually require them to spend money, they need to make sure that their pockets are always heavy. And cut pocket of students who actually worked hard for years and thought that in US they will paid better and they can finally get reward of all that hard work. Instead such doctors will be forced to stay in India and God forbid if this doctors earns good, each n every person from society will point finger on this doctor and blame him/her for making money. They think doctors should work for free. We don't deserve to earn or have a good life. While engineers can earn as much as they want and they can go abroad. This is unfair on all levels!!!soon students will stop opting PCB, how what will they do then! Force someone to do MBBS!

    on May 20, 2016
  • Madan Mohan

    Well the article hides one important thing. For every student who gets a seat in any professional course such as Engineering, Medical either by merit or by payment (management seats), the government spends much more than the just fees paid them. It is not only for AIIMS or IIT or NITs, but for all including the private colleges. It is like by spending public money train a professional for so many years India doesn't get anything but the receiving country gets fully trained professional without spending even a penny. All the receiving country has to do is train them to suit their requirement, even that is not at their cost!!

    on May 9, 2016
  • muskan

    that,s not fair at a time u say that india is a freedom country and if a person don,t want to live in india and why are u forcing by saying come back to india

    on May 7, 2016
  • Habiba

    In india there is so much discrimination . More importance is given to reserved instead of deserved. This is unfair. If we a not getting a government seat then we have to spend hefty amount for private seats . What should a student do in that case then it is better to go abroad and work there

    on May 5, 2016
  • Sai Patel

    US board certified intensive care doctors can work in India without any issue, and they make the same amount of money a critical care doctor in the US would make. They do teleICU where they monitor US hospitals from India remotely using telemedicine. The docs are actually still practicing American medicine on their CVs because they are practicing "in America" virtually with the patients and hospitals both being the US. There is a group doing this already. They get the benefit of being in India while making an american amount of money and not having to deal with all the red tape you guys are all talking about here. So at least for critical care docs and pulmonologists the problem is solved.

    on Jan 6, 2016
    • Michael Prashant Sarab

      I was at the Society of Critical Care Medicine conference in 2015 and I saw that RemoteICU were offering this in India and other countries. But yeah, you're right on - they take only American board certified critical care physicians. But actually that makes sense because they are covering ICUs in the United States just remotely. There is no way you are going to be allowed to treat patients in the US without a US license. I talked to a guy from Hyderabad who has been working with Remote for years who said it was like a dream job to be able to be able to make what he could make in a America or least 10x what he was making in a local hospital in India but actually still be IN India. I was tempted but I have more family in the US than India. In my case though, I do feel an obligation to go back to India.

      on Jan 14, 2016
  • Bidisha

    Why does the government not ask itself "Why are our doctors not coming back?" Students aspiring to become doctors are bound to leave the country as they are facing a hard time in getting admissions in the govt run institutions. The private ones give only the degree in return of lacs of money; but no decent placement guarantee. So instead of facing that situation of unemployment, they think it better to get educated in the USA where there are plenty of job opportunities. Yes, our doctors must have the will to return to serve our country, as it is facing a lack of doctors in the rural areas, but the greater fault is in the government. If it has not helped a student financially to get the degrees, then it has no right to forcefully bring them back. Instead of following such cruel policies it must concentrate on creating more institutions, so that India will not lose its future doctors anymore. The doctors will come back themselves if they find better opportunities here.

    on Dec 23, 2015
  • Harshal

    Can this is applicable for those indian also who completed their mbbs abroad?

    on Oct 10, 2015
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  • truthspeaker

    The problem with India is that 99% of people are corrupt in one way or another. The people make a big deal about political corruption but in their day to day life do corrupt things like shopping in black markets, using family connections to get jobs and admissions rather than merit, scamming and haggling for money. The only way to get what you want is to be a hooligan. Why would anyone want to return to a place where you have to be greedy and cheap to get the basics in life? The entire culture has to change before India can be even like other Asian countries, forgetting Europe or the US. The only way the doctors will voluntarily return is if the country improves.

    on Jul 26, 2015
  • Seemona

    Yes,they should definitely assure to come back.There are still many regions in India where there is no proper medical facilities available,still many hospitals without doctors.If they employ themselves to work for the needy and even volunteer at times,they would get blessings and even a good career..they would be fulfilling the motto of their choice of study.

    on Jul 18, 2015
  • amitha

    Why only bring back doctors? Why not engineers, iitians? Now a days i am hearing it is pretty smiple for a person holding Msc degree in agricultural science to settle in Europe. Why not bring them back? And as so many people have mistaken, doctors do not go abroad for pay. Our system is so frustrating that even if we want to work sincerely, there are people waiting to snuff us. and now, poor undergradualtes have to go thru 2 years of rural service without concern for safety and facilities. Will any person who has studied computer science be in a village? No he will get into a MNC, acquire a H1B visa , marry and go to USA. poor docs have to sacrifice everything ..and still sab bolte hai.. doctor ne loot liya

    on Jun 15, 2015
    • Manohar BHUTE

      Ya you are right amitha , everything viable to only doctors not others why this so ?i don't understand yet everyone blames to doctors only is doctors run a country?

      on Jul 9, 2015
  • varun reddy

    The reason why doctors go abroad id for a better system... WE ALL DO LOVE OUR COUNTRY but the system here is just pathetic and extremely stupid....Government talks about eradicating cast system while they clearly encourage it buy providing reservations....Dude cast system and inequalities are long gone how many SC's and ST's are not filthy rich nowadays....If you wanna help provide reservation on economic basis.....And a proportion of the seats are just sold under management and NRI basis..... " So basically what out government indicates is if you want to be a doctor in India you should either be rich enough to buy your way through or you be an sc or st etc....OR be extremely smart and work your ass off for 1 or 2 years or even more....... AND if someone tries to get out this system they will be forced to stay back.....THIS IS NOT DEMOCRACY ITS DICTATORSHIP AND STUPIDITY IN ITS PUREST FORM - MERA BHARATH MAHAN- JAI HINDH

    on May 26, 2015
  • Medico

    had the government done something for the doctors it would have been a different thing.. we would be glad to stay.. but here doctors are not given respect.. they are assaulted.. they have to live in a pathetic condition.. which doctor would like to spend thr life in a place whr they are neither given respect nor value?? why isnt there such a rule for lawyers and engineers??

    on Apr 24, 2015
  • Jithin Johnson

    Indian government is getting stupid. People are going abroad because of lack of good facilities and infrastructure here in India. Instead of developing our countries medical system by bringing more advanced system, implementing more specialty seats, they're obstructing those who seek better life. This kind of sick thoughts will only be developed in Indian mentality.

    on Apr 21, 2015
  • Aditya Bhuyan

    There is no MD course in surgery. It is MS.

    on Apr 18, 2015
  • Manjima

    this is extremely unfair.I have a question is this bond only applicable for going to US and not in other countries??

    on Feb 24, 2015
  • Vishwanathan.G

    We curse ourselves for making our son, an Orthopaedic Surgeon 13 years back.He passed his MS from Baroda Medical College, worked as Assistant Professor in Govt. medical colleges of Baroda and Surat for 2.5 years.He went to UK for higher studies. Due to his passion for India and for teaching, he returned back after 9 years in UK with MRCS,M.Sc and M.Ch.He has expertise in Joint Replacements, Arthroscopy,Spine,Shoulder,Foot&Ankle surgeries etc.having worked under eminent Consultants in UK.I persuaded him not to return to India as the system will not allow him to live in peace.He did not listen. He was shown MCI rules and was taken as Assistant Professor in a Trust Medical college.He accepted that and was looking for good surgical opprtunities and to train PG students. After 1.5 years, he is in cross roads whether to return back to UK as his ILR is about to expire in 6 months.He is harassed by his colleagues by steal of his surgical opportunities by unethical practices and the management is silently watching him to go. The lesson is: Medical profession has lost its value and nobleness and if someone is looking for a career,choose Engineering or Finance but not Medicine.

    on Jan 23, 2015
    • Meursault

      Respected Sir the system ( medical or any other one ) in this country is this state of turmoil , because the generations of our parents with selfish and irresponsible mindset. They taught children only to pass exams , secure ranks and expect government to pay them heftily and curtailed students to fight for anything . Student unions were dissolved and students were trained NOT TO QUESTION anything but blindly study and pass. And when younger generations dont question , this is bound to happen. And parents, showed alternate way : RUN AWAY Isnt it ? If only parents let the children focus a bit on society and country right from school-college days , no one need not even go to some other country. And it is nothing proud to say one's kids are WELL SETTLED in some other country. It is not system failure here ...but of people who formed this system , and those people is not government but you , me and others like us.

      on Jun 20, 2015
      • 2016 India

        I strongly believe things will change, but do not know how much time it will take, as speed of change is extremely slow. If we think who is responsible for all these and who all are sufferers. Responsible people are fistful, but sufferers are the people of whole country. Is not the situation same as in British Raj, a handful of people ruling the whole country and sending the hard earned money after sweating out day and night to foreign banks and investing in business, and making their own undeserved family members more ans more rich. Now our own people involved in corruption; henceforth, a feeling of depression and discouragement could be easily understood. however don't forget the time of British Raj, almost same kind of oppression of right men. this was the time when people in their own country were deprived of their rights . if someone have heard the hindi phrase that the one who is not respected at home , how can that person expect respect from outsiders. This is actually the dilemma faced by Indian intellectuals in other countries.People in slow voice comment about it. Why these Indians do not do any thing to improve their own country conditions, rather than getting thrown here and there. their is no harm in working in other countries, but as a guest not as a bagger. In all countries , hidden discrimination are prevalent. It is my appeal to people, it is right time that some of us will have to become Gandhi, Patel or Malavia, Ambedkar ; coming out of our own comfort zone. As situation is not dissimilar to that time again. defeat all infamous , corrupt systems and undeserving politicians in Indian System. it is not only medical profession, but also every professional intellectual is suffering in same manner, exceptions are family members of politicians and higher administrative position holders. The Great Indian Mother is waiting silently that when and which of my son or daughter will rise above his or her self interest and take the steering wheels to drive the Modern Mother India to right direction. long live India, representing correct motherhood feelings and character of a mother , tolerating bad and good children , watching silently and smiling all the time and hiding the sufferings deep inside the scarred heart to see all children happy. My Mother India long live , May the Almighty give your Honorable place in the world again in 2016 . May the good thinking prevail in Indian minds, politicians and government officials of all levels. Wish you all Happy 2016.

        on Dec 30, 2015
  • vermaverma

    I feel so bad for the doctors of india... Because indian govt. Do nothing for all of them.. .

    on Dec 14, 2014
  • Shaleen Mathur

    I think the ruling should be applied only to students of government medical college. They should be asked to deposit Rs1 crore in govt account before proceeding to USA or western countries. The amount should be forfeited if they dont return after completing educaion. The refunded money can be used to open clinic in rural area after return with govt help.

    on Sep 22, 2014
    • NIL

      Dear to get into a Government medical college , do you know how much money needs to be spent on coaching classes. Government medical college students also spends money. So all doctors must unite together, for the right to recover their money spent on education. Education is also a business someone spends here someone else spends there, but all spends and doctors must must have the right to recover their money back by working.

      on May 26, 2015
  • Devesh Kumar

    No! this is unfair by Indian government either they provide opportunities which is similar to US or they should not have to forced to return from US.

    on Jun 28, 2014
  • vinny

    Nice article, but its 97.78% in the third last line. Yes, doctors who want to settle abroad should know that india needs them more.

    on Jun 3, 2014
    • Meursault

      Exactly.

      on Jun 20, 2015
  • Nandkishore

    I sincerely feel that govt of India is not capable of providing any promising support as they are used to fiscal deficit increasing every year end and they are not sure of their own security and future in politics hence it is foolish to expect major change. Unless you have tonnes of money accept medical profession or you will blame yourself through out the life. only 0.1% very lucky doctors get the field of their choice in India. This resulted in frustration and advantage taken by politicians by starting private medical colleges for them who can afford. Situation is not going to change in near future unless you are over optimistic

    on Mar 23, 2014
  • Praphul

    Rather unfortunate. How can anyone blame these poor students, when government is not providing any opportunities for them even if they want to come back and practice what they are trained to do in the US. Even opportunities in the private sector are limited, and payscales are poor as compared to Western standards. I relocated back to India after having spent 17 years in the US, and with all the politics associated with work, am looking at options to relocate back

    on Feb 25, 2014
  • ZESHAAN KUMAR

    'RIGHT TO CHOOSE' It is our FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT. It is a doctor'S decision to where het she wants to settle. Responsible authorities should ask themselves what if their rights were taken. we doctors are studying we are paying for our own studies what in the world gives u the night on us. Government is not supporting Have they listened to the PG price. stop torturing. YOU HAVE NO RIGHT

    on Nov 4, 2013
  • nikhil_djdj

    Slight information, 1000 doctors go outside to do post graduations, per year, and the numbers of doctors doing post graduation in india per year is around 3 thousand , not 45000

    on Sep 14, 2013
  • rahul

    why doctors go outside for post education???did they like to enjoy in a nation wr they not serve their own people,wr they not feeling charm of their own home,ofcourse everyone love their motherland!!!castism,reservation day by day eating a young talented generation forcing them to leave india !!!!because we lack resources..belive me india never compete with us with this system

    on Jun 29, 2013
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    on Jun 11, 2013
  • anu

    why dont these ministers first do something about increasing amenities and providing a batter pay scale for docs-if this is done,you wouldnt need to force them to stay in india. and do you suppose forcing them to come back,will make these docs serve the public,all you will have is a bunch of frustrated doctors who wont be concerned much for their patients. its true that we have chosen a noble profession but not at the cost of sacrificing the chance for a decent livelihood and better professional opportunities. give doctors what they deserve instead of imposing your insensible rules on them. you havent been able to do away with the disgusting reservation system over the years whereas you people prefer getting treated abroad. in the coming years ,kids will simply stop getting into the medical profession,whom will you then enforce your foolhardy beleifs on then?its a shame that we have people like you deciding our lives...

    on Mar 17, 2013
  • ashok pai

    if he meant that anyone receiving state doles - then yes, he is right to ask them to be accountable for the largesse extended by the state. unless mr. azad pays for their education, how does he have any right at all to call them back ? they are following a profession like so many others, it's not like they took some money from the government and ran away (if they studied in private medical colleges). his diktats will not stand the test of supreme court and the law of the land.

    on Dec 13, 2012
  • Mrp

    Doing bonds for students who want to go abroad & settle there is good,,,,but it shouldn't be an obstracle for those who just want to get some good degrees from outside,,,,,,,

    on Nov 29, 2012
  • dr ashish

    i was in government hospital, in rural area, after my M.S. but, no, roads were their for transportation, so , frustatingly, i came to city for equal salary and work in government hospital. here for one seat , 10 doctors appear in interview. and, even in less salary they stay in cities. so, doctors are not less. just incentivise them a little, say 10-20 % more or improve rural infrastructure. or, you should start this policy with the ones, who enter mbbs in 2013, so, they know, what awaits for them ahead or they can change the stream otherwise.

    on Nov 19, 2012
  • Gaurav

    This is disgusting. You dont give us seats here, provide reservation for everyone except meritorious people. Then when we somehow even do our post graduation against all odds, we dont have jobs. You want to send us to rural areas to live a life of penury. And all this amidst of everything when politicians themselves go abroad for treatment DISGUSTING POLITICIANS

    on Sep 10, 2012
  • Mp

    Please clear USMLE first mr gulam nabi azad

    on Aug 28, 2012
  • Ashutosh Arya

    WE AIN'T SLAVES OF THESE CORRUPT POLITICIANS......

    on Aug 12, 2012
  • hemanth

    Hi. Dis is hemanth here I feel da pain of a medical student after finishing mbbs r bds ll knwn to da person who undergoes it ..... I'm one of those students who lost a medical seat jst because of reservation..... nd ishita if ur so concerned of India ask gov to remove dose reservations nd gv seats according to merit..... and do u hav any idea a PG seat or a UG seat in India costs....? It's a horrible life for a middle class student to get through his life .... he can neither buy a seat nor get a seat .... and finally if u get in to PG after struggling for years da pay scale da gov provide .....and da num of seats vacant also matters and gov if provide job also it is on temporary contract basis dey can throw us any time. Do u expect such a life after struggling so hard to finish ur medical course..... so don't make such comments on doctors, better know there pain how dey survive

    on Jul 27, 2012
  • Fora

    Any such action, representing retaininig doctors by force rather than making the doctor's practice lucrative profession is act like a criminal under watch. Already, those who have done MBBS from govt. medical college and are in govt. service are highly underpaid and does not carry bright future. The candidates who have passed the exams (in spite of reservations and not so bright future) presently in India- is with hardship and really burning midnight oil. Service areas of doctors are inhabitable in govt. service at most of the places. Doctors with western degree are given higher packages, across world including India. So is it wrong to choose a career and grow in one's life? Watch "ek doctor ki mout"- starring Pankaj kapur -another picture appears when highly professional doctor is forced to commit suicide due to politics. Can govt. assure a good life for professionals in any way where the bureaucrats and politicians (some of them have not completed high class) are having a lavish bungalows, higher salary packages, just because they know how to crate mass movement. Forcing bonds, should be against human rights, as this deprives of the right to choose career and growth of an individual. Something Hitler did for Jews, Indian govt. is planning for doctors (technocrats). Will Govt. make IIT and IIM to serve india for years before IITians go abroad or IIM are taken up in corporate sectors. India does not lack talent but govt. strategies does make that indians talent is not utilised in India. If govt. can not guarantee bright future for technocrats then how indian govt. try to restrict technocrats by making unhuman methods legal. Mera Bharat Mahaan!

    on Jun 29, 2012
    • Ashutosh Arya

      YOUR STATEMENT IS COMPLETELY JUSTIFIED AND I ALONG WITH THE COMPLETE INDIAN DOCTORS ARE WITH YOU....

      on Aug 12, 2012
  • pvrark

    Absolutely! we must be proud for the so called largest democracy. Almost many doctors who did MBBS in India are in a situation where they can neither get good PG training nor they are allowed to do residency in USA, the big place where they can get PG training. The political parties want the money from NRIs who sent a big chunk for the party funds and they impose such rules discouraging they to get good education...be it in India or abroad.Doctors brain drain is only because they dont get adequate PG training in India. If they politicians have any respect/ remorse for themselves, WHY DONT PROVIDE A MANDATORY POST GRADUATE TRAINING FOR INDIAN DOCTORS LIKE IN THE USA? I WISH I RECORD MY VOICE OVER THE NET & SHOUT AGAINST THE GOVT AND SAY...LIKE FREEDOM, EDUCATION IS MY BIRTH RIGHT...I SHALL HAVE IT. Before being an INDIAN, I am a human being capable and worthy of education. BOLO SWATANTR BHARAT KI JAI!

    on May 16, 2012
  • rai

    i studied in a private medical college by paying vast sums of money because, i was not SMART enough for the govt colleges. its not that i was an idiot but the fact was that i was a failure on account of the great indian political achievement which could only get a few med colleges opened since independence.i studied a hell lot in med college, got the highest scores possible in USMLE and got residency in HARVARD. had it been for the indian system, i would have even failed to become a doctor, and now i am in world's best college. indian politics has gone to dogs and if the govt keeps coming up with solutions of this kind then i would prefer working in africa rather than ever thinking of going back to my motherland. god save mother india!

    on May 14, 2012
  • Saurabh

    Exactly this attitude by our indian goverrnment is the reason why we do not want to come back.

    on May 6, 2012
  • G

    Are we turning into China. Using repressive policies to getting things done for the nation.

    on Apr 30, 2012
  • Ishita

    Completely agree in fact all those doctors who left in the last 20 years or so should be made to pay a fine when come to visit India. Why should subsidized high quality education be provided to hypocritical doctors who want to enjoy the good lifestyle. They should be made to pay for that, a nation where the patient doctor ratio is the most appalling for the level of GDP and development they have no conscience if they want a western lifestyle let them get them at their expense and not the nations. Good measure, hopefully will get implemented soon. Ghulam Nabi has taken a stand and done the right thing.

    on Apr 27, 2012
    • Saurabh

      Ishita, i am sure you are not a doctor and even more sure that none of your family members are doctors. Clearly, you do not understand what a doctor student goes thru in his life of hard work. Just look st the numbers of MD seats and the candidates applying. The ratio will surprise you. We also do not want to leave our country, our parents, our friends, But dont you want to learn more, get a post graduate degree. We cometo US not for a westerrn lifestyle, but for education and in a hope that by the time we will finish the course , conditions in India willbe better to practice. Look at reservations. One third reservation for OBC CATEGORY. Have you everr see a politicians getting treated by a OBC doctor. Lol.... Its pretty easy to criticise. Government should learn to solve the big picture, and not merely treat the trivial reason. Make the conditions bettr for doctors and who would not wanna come back, who would not want to unite again with family. Who?

      on May 6, 2012
    • Anwy

      What a depressing comment.. sorry to say this. every student who used a little amount of their small brain got into a government institution.. not only doctors, it holds true for those engineers and business management students who bag a whopping salary in some foreign companies.The irony, however is the media is making them a hero for doing so.. they are not asked to stay behind. FYI there is no big company in the US without an IIT student holding a top position. like it is said in this article, the number of PG seats is far less when compared to the doctors coming out every year (only 10% get a PG seat here). Dictating someone what to do is not fair for a democratic country as ours..

      on Apr 27, 2012
  • vijay

    hi sonia ka ghulam we cant do scams. pays us decent salaries. we will stay back in india

    on Apr 26, 2012
  • Dr Arvind

    Yet another silly and regressive policy by the corrupt inefficient jokers who rule the nation

    on Apr 26, 2012
    • ashish

      i was in government hospital, in rural area, after my M.S. but, no, roads were their for transportation, so , frustatingly, i came to city for equal salary and work in government hospital. here for one seat , 10 doctors appear in interview. and, even in less salary they stay in cities. so, doctors are not less. just incentivise them a little, say 10-20 % more or improve rural infrastructure.

      on Nov 19, 2012
      • sandip

        I do not have a great knowledge in medical field but one thing I know is that students go abrod not just for higher studies but for higher pay scale which they won't get in India. Once they get post graduated, they start earning arround $500,000 atleast. It clears everything why no one wants to come back to India. And this is not just happening in medical field. All professions are like that only and whoever goes to US never thinks to come back.

        on Apr 15, 2015
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