He also urged the stakeholders to overcome "regulatory bottlenecks and interest groups that have prevented the growth of quality medical education in our country".
"This gives us far fewer medical graduates and postgraduates every year than our people need. It also leads to aspiring medical students seeking admission in colleges in other countries - simply because they have limited options at home. This is simply not acceptable. As a nation, we need to address this situation very urgently. We need to create more opportunities for those young people who want to make medicine their calling," the President told the medical graduates.
Speaking on the occasion, the President also said that AIIMS is a national centre of excellence.
"The name "AIIMS" has become a byword for quality, commitment and rich experience. The faculty and doctors, as well as of course the students, are the pride of our medical fraternity and our nation," he said.
The President advised the graduating doctors that as they go into the world - a world that needs their services more than ever before - they should remember that they need to give back to society.
"Yet", he added that, "as doctors, their services must be available both to those who can afford their fees and also to those who are less fortunate and cannot. Disease does not distinguish between rich and poor but unfortunately the poor suffer the most. It is for society to profit from medical science - it is not for medical science to profiteer from society".
Pointing out the shortage of doctors in our country, the President said that doctors need help in the form of more colleagues. "And this is where we need a new regulatory system to enhance availability of doctors and medical professionals in our society. In the absence of this, the work-load on our doctors is very high," he said.
(With Inputs from PTI)
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