Professor Dr Bipin Batra, additional director, National Board of Examinations (NBE), elaborates how the medical school rankings will help students and institutions.
Excerpts from an interview.
Do you think the medical school rankings will help Indian students wanting to pursue medical education abroad?
Yes. As of now, potential candidates are dependent on information given by agents of foreign medical institutions operational in India or they are able to get very limited information. Our interactions with foreign medical graduates over the years have highlighted a dirty nexus of agents duping candidates. This information will help aspirants make an informed choice. We are working to compile basic data on the foreign medical institutions for candidates.
Do you think it will help prevent any cases of invalid medical degrees in India?
Yes it will. Despite a liberal regulatory framework for overseas graduates appearing in the screening test, there are some candidates who end up pursuing MBBS courses in which guidelines have been violated. This information about data on previous sessions validates the track record of institutes in terms of their contribution to the landscape. If any institute does not find a place on the list, the aspirant has to do due diligence for the same.
What about regulations for overseas PG courses?
The regulatory framework for overseas PG courses is ambiguous and should be more streamlined.
What’s your take on this ranking?
It provides valuable information to all stakeholders as to where the institute stands in terms of their performance in the screening test, (duly notified by an Act of Parliament and upheld by the Supreme Court) and also the quantitative contribution of respective medical institutions.