Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.
3) India needs an overhaul of medical education, new colleges alone won’t ensure quality healthcare. Do you agree? Critically examine.(250 words)
Why this question:
One has to discuss that India’s medical education system needs to go beyond existing reform moves.
Key demand of the question:
It’s a rather sad state of affairs when the present 398 medical colleges in India fail to provide the much-needed healthcare for its 1.2 billion-strong population. Students are expected to discuss the various issues plaguing medical education in India.
Critically examine – When asked to ‘Examine’, we have to look into the topic (content words) in detail, inspect it, investigate it and establish the key facts and issues related to the topic in question. While doing so we should explain why these facts and issues are important and their implications. When ‘critically’ is suffixed or prefixed to a directive, one needs to look at the good and bad of the topic and give a fair judgement.
Structure of the answer:
In brief bring out the importance of medical education in India.
Explain in detail the key problems plaguing medical education in India.
What are the issues? – Doctor-patient ratio is too less, Rote learning is more important than clinical skills, Backdated syllabus and teaching style, Lack of skilled teachers, Disparity in infrastructure across different states, Lack of social accountability etc.
Discuss how these issues listed above can be fixed and what changes are to be made to overcome the challenges.
Conclude with the fact that fixing the problems in the medical industry is crucial to the health and well-being of a country.