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Thriving unrecognised PGs in Emergency Medicine: Reason Unveiled

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Given the huge demand for doctors trained in emergency medicine, Residency Programs passing themselves off as masters courses have become a multi-crore industry in India. Many private hospitals are running such courses charging Rs 11-19 lakh for a three-year course. Ironically, this ensures that the monthly stipend of about Rs 25,000 paid to these young doctors over these three years comes out of the course fees they pay.

For Instance, masters in emergency medicine (MEM), administered by the George Washington University (GWU) in conjunction with several private hospitals is termed “a three-year postgraduate program in emergency medicine” on the GWU website.  The MEM being run by the Society for Emergency Medicine in India (SEMI), is promoted as a PG programme by most hospitals on their website. But only the fine print acknowledges that it is not recognised by the Medical Council of India (MCI).

PGs in Emergency Medicine

In the case of GWU-MEM, the affiliation is usually with the “academy” that most corporate hospitals have, to train medical personnel needed for their hospital chain. GWU-MEM started in 2007 as a two-year fellowship. In 2010, MCI recognised emergency medicine as a specialty and started the three-year MD course. Fellowship was then converted into a three-year masters.

“The hospital running SEMI-MEM charges from Rs 75,000 to over a lakh per year as fees. Much cheaper than the GWU-MEM. SEMIMEM students are paid the same stipend as Diplomate of National Board (DNB) students-Rs 25,000 to Rs 50,000 depending on the state,” claimed former SEMI president Dr T Srinath Kumar.

SEMI-MEMs mushrooming across India

1. Cheaper or at times free labour  for hospitals

2. Gives the same benefits to run emergency departments.

Doctors who cannot make it through the entrance exam for MD and DNB in emergency medicine, opt for these training courses even if they are unrecognised. It helps them get jobs in private hospitals.

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Times’ World University Ranking: No Indian institute in top 200

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University of Oxford retains first place

Indian institutes continue to perform poorly in global university rankings. The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore slid in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2018.

SLIDING RANKS

Though IISc remained at top in India, it was placed in the 251-300 groupings of the best universities. IISc was in 201-250 cohort of the previous edition of the ranking. IISc, IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IIT Kanpur and IIT Kharagpur were the top five Indian schools in the 2018 rankings.

As per the ranking survey, IISc slid largely due to drops in its research influence score and research income. While the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay continues to be in the 351-400 band, IIT Delhi and IIT Kanpur have dropped by one grouping—from 401-500 to 501-600.

“It is disappointing that India has declined in world rankings amid increasing global competition,” said Phil Baty, editorial director of global rankings of THE.

WHY INDIA FAILED

Indian universities performed poorly on internationalisation which measures how successful a school is in attracting foreign students and staff. This is a traditional shortcoming of Indian institutions. “Government policy strictly limits the number of students from abroad who can study in India. This prevents international scholars from being hired into long-term faculty positions,” THE said in an email.

TOP GLOBAL RANKS

Globally, the University of Oxford retains first place in the rankings, followed by Cambridge, which overtook California Institute of Technology and Stanford University, who came in at a joint third. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) completes the top five chart.

Overall, 1,000 universities from 77 countries were ranked by the THE. The US continued to be the top country in terms of the number of universities in the top 200.

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World University Rankings 2018: IISc, IIT Slide, No Indian Institute In Top 200

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In a massive setback to all education institutions and their stakeholders in the country, the leading establishments have further downgraded as they fared poorly in the World University Rankings 2018. In the global list of 1000 educational institutions topped by Oxford and Cambridge, the number of higher Indian education institutions has marginally fallen from 31 to 30, according to the new assessment. One of the biggest reasons for the continual abysmal performances is the relative drop in research influence score and research income.    

Director of Global Ranking Adds

Phil Baty, Editorial Director of Global Rankings, Times Higher Education said, ” Amid the increasing global competition It is disappointing to see that India has further declined in the the World University Rankings.” He further added, “As the India’s flagship Indian Institute of Science moves further away from the elite top 200, other Asian territories such as Singapore, China and Hong Kong are consistently rising up the rankings of their leading universities due to the high and sustained levels of funding.” He also pointed out that Indian institutes were lagging behind on the internationalisation front. “Government policy strictly limits the number of students from abroad who can study in India and prevents international scholars from being hired into long-term faculty positions,” THE said in an email sent on Tuesday.

The Indian Scenario

The sole silver lining this year is the The Indian Institute of Science (IISc). It is the highest ranked institute from the country, though even it had slipped from the 201-250 band to the 251-300 one. Furthermore, IIT Delhi and IIT Kanpur, which were among the best Indian institutions toppled down to the 501-600 band from their last year’s position of 401- 500 club. IIT Bombay is still in the 351-400 band, IIT Kharagpur and IIT Roorkee also retained their positions in the 501-600 bracket.

 

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Meet Mechanical Engineering: The Hottest pick in BTech that Computer Science is losing out to

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As the industries across the world fluctuate along with global influences, the latest of such ups and downs in the field of Engineering is with Mechanical Industries and those based on Computer Sciences. Subsequently, similar effects can be felt in academics, with more and more students opting for ME than computer sciences. The trend seems to changing fast, Engineering is being revisited. Pipping Electronics and Communications has led to a surge in applications for mechanical branches in colleges all over the country, and that its poised to overtake an uncertain IT and software industry.

 

What to the Experts Say

Experts believe that while engineering courses continue to be a big draw for students in this part of the world, its 70-odd options undergo a life cycle of their own. According to research, the decision to pick out a particular course taken students and faculties alike is based on the the enterprise boom that’s translated by the availability of greater jobs and higher earning.

Many experts believe that the sun is setting at the computer sciences and technology engineering stream. As per the statistics, 25.44% of all college students opted for computer branches in 2013-14, while around 24% selected the stream this year. Numbers for Mechanical Engineering are rising, 21.6% students for this year as compared to 20.22% for the year 2013-14.

 

The AICTE Data

Even though the seat intake for engineering is on the decline (from 16.3 lakh in 2013-14 to about 14.7 lakh this 12 months), experts feel the course will continue to have lakhs of takers. IIT-Madras director Bhaskar Ramamurthy added: “Due to uncertainty in IT, students are opting for mechanical – because mechanical students can join IT companies, though the reverse is not possible.” VC of Chemical Technology Institute, GD Yadav added: “There is so much new construction, new infrastructure, machinery and mechanical engineers are needed everywhere.”

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