Study in India and work abroad appears to be the mantra for a majority of pass-outs from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).
In a study on pass-outs from AIIMS since 1956 till 2003, the Media Studies Group has found that as many as 52.81 per cent of students are now working abroad. For 87 per cent of them, the hot destination is United States and in US, a majority work in New York and California.
In US, a large number of AIIMS graduates are practicing cardiology and internal medicine, the study said.
Based on the data published in AIIMSONIANS Directory and Encyclopedic Directory of the AIIMSONIANS OF AMERICA (AOA), the study said the other favorite destinations for them is Europe, Australia, Canada and United Kingdom.
Responding to the study, AIIMS spokesperson Shakti Gupta said the institute has no policy of retaining a student in India after he or she graduates. "If such a condition has to be imposed it is for the Central Government to decide," he said.
For AIIMS, which spends Rs 20 lakh to make a doctor, Gupta said, the study shows its 'marvelous' global rating. "Our students are welcome in the top hospitals in the world even though they come from diverse backgrounds," he said. "There is no doubt over this," Anil Chamadia of the Media Studies Group admitted, but added that the study points out where most doctors from the country's top medical institute are going.
The study also said that of the 41 per cent who stayed back in India, only 29 per cent are working in non-metro cities or rural areas. Two-third of the 41 per cent are based in Delhi alone. When it comes to Armed Forces, participation of AIIMS pass-outs is just 1.15 per cent.
Chamadia said they tried to do social profiling of the graduates but data from AIIMS was not available. "We had data only on Muslim students," he said. What Chamadia found is not good news for Muslims as only 49 of the total 2129 pass-outs were Muslims.