In order to support the practice of having trained medical professionals in villages, the union health ministry has expressed an interest to start a three year rural medical course. Health Secretary Sujatha Rao, explained that rural areas in the country have a demand and supply gap which can be overcome by presence of trained medical personnel.
The Bachelor in Rural Medicine and Surgery (BRMS) course proposed by the health ministry will be a three-year short-duration course that will give students a diploma, enabling them to practice in rural areas only. The health secretary said that since the course will take mostly local students, they will serve in their villages, thereby solving the problem of shortage of trained professionals. The health ministry is also contemplating making it mandatory for graduates who have received subsidized education to serve in rural areas for some time. The secretary, however, added that the new course would serve the immediate needs of villages.