The Indian government is planning to give medical school graduates a “lucky” salary of about Rs 3 lakh a year, as part of a nationwide effort to boost the quality of education.
The government’s aim is to attract a larger number of medical graduates from states that have seen a dramatic increase in medical admissions, according to the education ministry.
The medical graduates will have access to the latest medical technology, medical schools and a government health centre, said Dr V.J. Srivastava, the medical director of the National Institute of Medical Education and Research (NIER).
The move comes at a time when the government is trying to boost enrolment and enrolment in medical schools, particularly from states with low rates of medical school enrolment, by introducing a new programme to enrol graduates of medical schools.
The government plans to give the students the same pay, salary and benefits as a regular employee in medical education, the ministry said.
The health ministry has already offered the first batch of medical students a fixed salary of Rs 3,400 a month, as the first round of medical education was launched on January 5.
The salaries are based on the number of years of training.
The medical school fee is expected to be increased to Rs 5,000-5,500 a month.