MedicalStream The EAMCET workshop organised byThe Hindugives parents and their wards a clear picture about career prospects
Karimnagar: Following are some questions asked by students and answers from experts: Q: It is said pharmacy courses are suited for girls. How far is it true?A: There are no courses tailor-made for girls. But pharmacy courses are convenient for girls from job prospects point of view and the booming chemical industry is a plus point. There are some 82 pharmacy colleges, including three belonging to Government.
Q: What opportunities do veterinary science graduates have?A: There are umpteen vacancies in both Government and private sector for them. Within one year of completing the course they can get job, though on contract basis, in Government going by the existing large number of vacancies in Animal Husbandry department. Of late, even girls are joining the course due to the job prospects.
Q: Will students get adequate exposure if they join in private medical colleges?A: They may not get the opportunity to attend to the vast number of and varied cases the students in Government medical colleges attend. But of late
even the hospitals attached to private medical colleges are getting good number of cases giving required exposure to students.
Q: Can a student go for research soon after M.B.B.S.?A: No. One has to complete post-graduation in medicine or surgery to do research studies.
Q: What about the medicine courses being offered by some colleges in China and Russia?A: First problems would be of language. Secondly, the Medical Council of India does not recognize these courses. The students have to again go through a cumbersome process for clearance of the degrees by the MCI. All this would amount to wasting time and money.
Speakers' views about the career options for BiPC students:All said and done, medical profession is the noblest and highly satisfying. But never slip into depression if you cannot make it to M.B.B.S. and make a name for yourself by taking up equally rewarding careers like dental sciences, pharmacy, agriculture or veterinary science, said the speakers at the EAMCET workshop organized by The Hindu at local S.R.R. degree college auditorium here on Wednesday.
Dean of Chalimeda Ananda Rao Institute of Medical Science, doctor P. Ranga Reddy, appealed to parents not to force their children to take up medical profession.
"The skill and interest must be in the students and not only in the parents," he observed. Most importantly, the students and their parents must be prepared to study at least for a minimum period of seven years
- five-and-half-a-year for M.B.B.S. and two years for post - graduation. Because, mere M.B.B.S. degree is not enough these days to be a successful doctor and one has to be a specialist or super specialist, he added.
An agricultural scientists Sheshagiri Rao and Bhanumurthy suggested that courses in agriculture, home science, food science, horticulture are better options for the students who cannot secure medical seats. In fact, horticulture and agriculture are most sought-after degree courses. Deputy Dental Surgeon Dr. K.L.V. Prasad observed that dental sciences can also be a good career option if one does not look at purely from money earning point of view. Though a pharmacy graduate gets anything between Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 8,000 for the first two to three years, sky would be the limit in the future for pharmacy graduates, said the Pharmacy Council of India member M. Venkat Reddy. The Assistant Director for Animal Husbandry doctor Ramesh Kumar told the students that veterinary science is the only course which would secure a candidate a Government job within a year of completing the course. Simultaneously, it has equally good opportunities in the fields of poultry and allied fields.