Going by selection of candidates as doctors, If given a choice, by whom a patient will like to get treated? A candidate who scored 20 % marks or a person getting 60% or 80% marks. NEET eligibility getting lower and a candidate getting around 20 % of marks may be able to secure a degree to treat patients. What will be the deciding factor? The criteria as to why a person with 60% marks will not be given a seat and with 20% marks will be able to secure. It will depend upon, whether a student is able to pay the exorbitant fee or not. Present system and mechanism of admission permit and accept such huge variation! That strange equation is acceptable in lieu of money paid!
In this whole process, who will be the sufferer?
– Is it only the meritorious and honest candidate. children who has worked hard are going to lose faith in system, besides irreversible damage to career.
– the people and society, who wish for best doctors.
– in general, honesty and hard work and merit is a causality.
– But in the long run candidate, who purchase degrees with money may also suffer. As in the times of consumerism and risk associated with less desirable medical services. Candidates may themselves be at risk. Rich candidates may be capable of becoming health investors and health managers by money power, so as to evade the increasing litigation. But those from average family backgrounds ,who practice as doctors, will be at some risk in today’s difficult environment for doctors.
Exit exams from these paid colleges need to be better regulated. These colleges are minting money for distributing degrees. Likely is that, ultimately most of the students will pass and try to recover their investments.
Infrastructure , number of teachers and investment on training is unlikely to be uniform in such colleges. It is a matter of speculation, how much facilities a student gets, specially at a time uncertainty about uniformity of medical education is a matter of great debate. It is also doubtful that money charged from students as fee, is spent on medical education of the aspiring doctors.
National exit exam may solve uniformity issues to some extent, but like NEET, its correct implementation is a big uncertainty itself. Doctors have to listen comments about quality of doctors everyday. Rather than doctors themselves, it is the system to select them needs improvement, which permit and accepts such huge variation in marks and fee. Someone will definitely ponder, why one should not get best available candidate as doctor?