Paramedical & Allied
Health Sciences - Career Prospects
According to W.H.O.
recommendations populations of one thousand need at least one well
Qualified Doctor. And one Doctor in-turn needs 8 skilled persons/paramedical
person. So far our country has about 1.2 Billion of population and
we need 12 lacs of Doctors and this about 96 Lac of Paramedical
personnel. Till now we have created only 4 lac of Doctors and to
your astonishment only same number of Paramedical personnel i.e.
Qualified Nurses and Pharmacist Technician and Physiotherapist may
be even less in number. So frankly speaking about >75 lac such
peoples we required only for our country. And with Globalization
and out side world, we shall be needing many
fold more such persons.
Now regarding 10+2 with science and biology group, very few gets
M.B.B.S. seats and rest either gets frustrated and shut their studies
or takes teaching line, and their dream of serving humanity is shattered.
Allied Health science group is the field where in all these students,
can full-fill their dream of serving humanity.
Health is indisputably
fundamental to the progress of mankind. Good health is the most
crucial ingredient for the people to function with comfort and confidence
while leading an economically active life.
Prospects - Health Care - Paramedical & Allied Health Sciences
Personnel - Qualified Nurses, Pharmacist, Technicians & Physiotherapists
is Paramedical Science?
science is an inseparable part of the health care system
and runs parallel to medical science in the diagnosis and
treatment of diseases.
tools like the clinical laboratory, the X-ray, the ultrasound,
CT and other invasive or non-invasive methods and therapeutic
technical modes like physiotherapy, occupational therapy
and speech therapy are part of the paramedical system.
There was a time when
paramedical work was entrusted to semi-literate compounders and
ward assistants. It was looked down upon as the paraphernalia of
medical management that used to depend more on the clinical acumen
and professional judgment. Investigations were neither available
With the development of medical science and its attendant spurt
in complex mechanization of medical equipment, there had been an
inadvertent growth in paramedical science. This automatically prompted
a demand for trained paramedical manpower. However, at this time
paramedical education was an important but integral part of medical
education. Medical students were taught the procedures and methods.
The concept of independent existence of paramedical education was
Paramedical Education In India
this callous attitude is changing. Universities, though taking
the advantage of the absence of any governing council, unknowingly
came to the rescue of paramedical education. Instead of "a
diagnostic room" producing paramedics, now there are
a well-planned streamlined curriculum, latest equipment, professional
ambience, qualified tutors, and, above all, a credible controlling
body to implement quality norms.
There are more than
50 different types of specialization in the area of paramedical
and allied health science. The importance of such disciplines will
be highlighted with the prospects of job later.
Jayakumar. A Lecturer, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences,
Directorate of Distance Education, Sikkim Manipal University, Manipal-576104