When it comes to taking benefits of the medical education offered by the best tertiary care institution in Northern India, there is no stopping the South Indians. Going by the PGIMER’s annual report, every 7th student who is enrolled into a specialty course like MS or MD belongs to the state of Andhra Pradesh. What’s more 38% of the students here are South Indians. When compared to this, the enrollment of Punjabi students in these specialty courses seems to be far and few.
At PGIMER, Master of Surgery (MS) and Master of Medicine (MD) courses are being pursued by a total number of 782 students hailing from the 29 Indian states and union territories along with three foreign countries. Of these 109 students belong to Andhra Pradesh.
However, AP students are not the only South Indian students here. There are a total of 299 South Indian students belonging to Andhra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Telangana which amounts to a total percentage of 38.2%.
Amongst the 301 students in Doctorate of Medicine (DM) and Master of Chirurgical (MCh), 11 belong to Andhra Pradesh.
Vybah Venkatesh, a South Indian student pursuing MD final year said that the main problems that they face while staying at the institute is the food and language. Though, with time they learn the language, food still poses a problem as they prefer spicy food which is a rarity in PGIMER.
He added that the main reason for AP students making a beeline to this institute is the fact that they have limited options for specialty medical courses in the state.
The fact that Andhra Pradesh does not offer the option of 50% All-India quota is also a reason that the students look towards other options. In case they choose the state quota, they are not allowed to apply to the state government colleges and are only left with the an option to choose from two government medical colleges in Andhra Pradesh or five central institutes that include AIIMS, PGIMER etc for advanced medical studies.