Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and the Medical Council of India (MCI) in a bid to boost employment of doctors in rural area is contemplating amendment of the MCI Act, which in simple terms means that all MBBS students will mandatorily have to undergo a year-long rural posting before they officially graduate to become doctors. This means that instead of 5½ year long MBBS course will be increased to 6½ years due to a mandatory rural service component being introduced.
It is good to have interns serve in medical region before being given a qualified doctors certificate under Hippocrates oath but it will also mean that number of years in studies will increase which in turn means shortage of doctors in healthcare industry. Thus via media is that make them doctors as usual and let first posting be rural area or govt can give them extended internship for all students to provide medical aid. Remember make them doctor after 1 year of internship but certificate in hand only after 1 year of service.
Note: Current shortage in healthcare sector is 6 lakh doctors, 10 lakh nurses and 2 lakh dental surgeons.