liberalise medicine, other studies to generate employment

practicing medicine is a job, same is with practicing chartered accountancy, cost accountancy or company secretaryship. there is, however, a difference when we talk of a law practitioner. and this difference is the one practicing law does not have to fight her way out to become a lawyer, a 3 or 5 year study programme with easy enrolments enables one to do so.

engineers too have the prospect of employing their skills at work after a 4 year programme. but what about practicing medicine or being a ca, cwa or cs; for these professions, one has to struggle with getting admitted into much-coveted medical colleges or appearing repeatedly in competition-styled exams where only a miniscule percentage of aspirants is awarded a pass certificate.

it is a known fact that our country lacks the number of doctors as per the world health organisation norms. chartered accountants and other finance professionals, owing to their small fraternity have formed a cartel which indulges in abetting tax evasion and other corporate irregularities.

when it is compulsory for a company to get its financial statements audited by a ca and a compliance certificate from a company secretary is an obligation, why then are institutes, the icai, icsi, allowed to decide on the number of professionals to be released into the market every year, which they deliberately keep low?

is diagnosing a viral fever and recommending basic antibiotic such demanding a task that just a few doctors are operating for such a large population? access to quality healthcare has become a costly affair. with availability of information on all subjects being so handy today owing to technological advances, making procuring a degree or a certificate of practice a tough and coveted task is only equivalent to license raj and red tape, a practice that has fueled the growth of unimaginably rich doctors and chartered accountants.

the example of law practitioners and engineers, both of whom are being supplied in the market in abundance, which has mandated skills and discipline to be pillars of one’s success, tells us that unless medicine, ca and like studies are deregulated to an extent that market is at least adequately served, income disparity and joblessness in india are to here stay for long.