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Report highlights shortcomings in private medical schools in India

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 09 January 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:70
  1. Sanjay Kumar
  1. New Delhi

    A confidential inspection report commissioned by the Maharashtra state government's medical education and drugs department has exposed the poor state of private medical colleges in India's most progressive state.

    Most of the 187 medical colleges in the state did not have adequate infrastructure, staff, or facilities—at the same time as charging fees that did not reflect the cost of establishing the colleges or the facilities provided to students, according to the report.

    Of the 17 private medical colleges that taught modern medicine, nine were short staffed by between 50% and 63%. “Most of the …

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