Medical College Director Interview: Only 20 per cent Indian medical colleges are good, says AIIMS Bhubaneswar Director
Prof. A. K. Mahapatra, Director, AIIMS Bhubaneswar in conversation with Careers360 discusses about changes needed to make the country’s medical education more robust. In this interview, the AIIMS Bhubaneswar Director speaks on challenges of faculty shortage in medical institutions and measures to address it.
Read this interview of Prof. A. K. Mahapatra where he also speaks talks about the need for change in course curriculum.
Careers360: There is a lot of churning in India's medical education system. How do you look at the present medical education scenario in the country?
Prof. A.K. Mahapatra: The present scenario is average. If we look at the medical colleges in the country it is neither bad nor very good; it’s average. We do not have institutions like the AIIMS Delhi. Only 20 per cent of the medical colleges in the country are doing really good; rest is either average or not doing well. There are many colleges that are not even at the optimal level as they lack infrastructure, faculty so we have to work towards raising their level. The other problem is that there is a huge shortage of faculty all over India; we are not able to get good quality teachers.
Careers360: Most of the AIIMS-like institutions face faculty shortage. Why are you facing this problem?
Prof. A.K. Mahapatra: We are facing this problem because at the entry level you are writing papers, doing research but when you reach the level of professor the attitude is totally different. Another problem is that these people also come from institutions where writing papers or doing research is not the priority; they are only concerned about teaching.
Careers360: How can we address this problem?
Prof. A.K. Mahapatra: This is a very critical problem. If I talk about the interviews that we did for all new AIIMS, we received 5000 applications of which we interviewed more than 4000 but could select only 300-400. We got good people at the level of Assist. Professors but it was very difficult to find someone suitable for the post of professor.
Careers360: Government has opened new AIIMS in different parts of the country and is planning to open more; will it not affect the brand name?
Prof. A.K. Mahapatra: We have to first understand that there is a difference between AIIMS and good quality hospitals. AIIMS are teaching institutions. We have to understand the purpose for opening AIIMS. If the purpose is to upgrade the healthcare system in a particular area then we should upgrade the facilities at the hospitals located in that area as by adding MBBS we are only adding 100 seats.
Careers360: You mean this will dilute the brand?
Prof. A.K. Mahapatra: AIIMS was established to give good quality teaching and high quality patient care. So if you will have 30 AIIMS by next 30 years then it will certainly dilute the brand name. It will affect the brand name because then we will not be able to attract the best talent across the country as students from a particular state or region will study in that particular area. The institute which now has a national character will boil down to a regional institute; but it will certainly improve the healthcare services in that area.
Careers360: As a Director, what are the new initiatives you have taken at AIIMS Bhubaneswar?
Prof. A.K. Mahapatra: We are soon going to appoint close to 100 faculties, we had advertised for 2450 posts and for that we carried out massive manhunt and the interview was carried out over a period of six months and we have finally selected 100. Till now we have only one teacher in a department but now we will have five in each department, it will also increase the number of doctors available.
Careers360: Any other initiatives on courses?
Prof. A.K. Mahapatra: We are also going to start postgraduate education from July session; we have also started new things like dialysis surgery, laparoscopic surgery, endoscopic surgery, heart operations, etc. as right now we get 1500-2000 patients in OPD everyday so things will improve soon. So, the message is clear that AIIMS Bhubaneswar is now functional. Though it is not at par with AIIMS Delhi but it is offering affordable quality patient care.
Only 20 per cent of India's medical colleges are doing really good; there are many colleges that are not even at the optimal level as they lack infrastructure and faculty so we have to work towards raising their level
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Questions related to AIIMS Bhubaneswar
minimum marks required to get admission in AIIMS bhubaneswar in mbbs?
It is extremely difficult to predict marks required by you to get a seat in AIIMS Bhubneshwar or any other AIIMS
This is because,
it is the first time ever when AIIMS Delhi and other AIIMS are conducting admission through neet examination .
Also , cut off marks will depend upon various factors like kind of marks obtained by students in the examination , toughness level of the neet examination etc.
seats are very limited in AIIMS .
keeping these things in mind you should target 650 marks at least in your neet examination if you want to get a seat in Aiims Bhubneshwar .
Is there a neat and clean swimming pool in AIIMS bhubaneswar
AIIMS Bhubaneswar provides best infrastructure facilities and it also has swimming pool near the student Gymkhana which has been newly constructed. You can check out the link given below to get more information
What rank and marks I should get to be selected for aiims bhubaneswar? What was the cut off rank in 2019?
This is the first time when admission to the AIIMS will be done through NEET-UG. So, estimation of cutoff is not possible. Because the previous year datas are on AIIMS exam. So, you need to wait to know the cutoff. But at last be in top 500, for a better chances to be in AIIMS bhuvneshwar
Hope it helps
All India Institute of medical science bhubaneswar provide Baslp course???
Hello Biswanth, yes the college of All India Institute of medical sciences at Bhubaneswar provides BASLP(Bachelor of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology) course. You can visit https://www.careers360.com/colleges/institute-of-health-sciences-bhubaneswar/baslp-course for more information.
Hope this helps.
Baslp Course provide by this college??
AIIMS Bhubaneswar not provide (Bachelor of Audiology Speech Language Pathology) baslp course. They provide only MBBS and bsc nursing courses. There are one college for baslp course in Bhubaneswar:-
•Institute of Health Sciences, Bhubaneswar.
I hope this helpful for you.