Ayurveda has steadily been getting more popular around the world, as people in Western nations are getting to understand more about the benefits of alternative medicine. We Indians, however, have been used to our home cures and ‘nuskas’ since age immemorial.
But Ayurveda is not constrained to our grandmother’s home cures anymore these days. It can be a career choice and a good one at that – with plenty of opportunities in the healthcare and allied sectors.
In this blog, we discuss how choosing a BAMS college in MP might affect your career. So, read on to understand what makes a BAMS degree such a good option for career growth.
|Table of Contents|
1. What is BAMS?
2. The Wide Scope of a BAMS Degree
a. Clinical Practice
f. Drug Manufacturing
What is BAMS?
BAMS, or the Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery is an undergraduate degree in the field of Ayurvedic medicine that can be seen as a viable alternative to MBBS. This course takes a duration of 5 years and six months to complete and it trains students in the various aspects of Ayurvedic philosophy, treatment procedures, diagnostic procedures, drug making, and much more.
The Ministry of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homeopathy) was responsible for putting this course on the map in its mission to promote alternative systems of medicine and wellness in our country. The five years taken in this course are spent learning about our ancient system of medicine and also modern medical practices in a professional course format. The first three professionals last for one year each with the fourth taking 18 months to complete. The final year is spent on mandatory rotatory internships so that the student can gain practical experience in a clinical setting, and also be able to gain real-world experience in other fields of specialization.
To get to know about the highlights of a BAMS course taught in Ayurvedic college in MP or the rest of India, take a look at the table below.
|Full Form||Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery|
|Duration||5 years and 6 months|
|Mode of Examination||Professional system|
|Eligibility Criteria||50% or more in 10+2 level + Entrance Exam|
|Common Entrance Exam||NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test)|
|Average Salary||INR 3 LPA – INR 7 LPA|
|Specializations||Roga & Vikriti Vijnana, Panchakarma, Bala Roga, Rasa Shastra & Bhaishajya Kalpana, Prasuti Stri Roga, etc.|
|Common Subjects||Preventive Geriatrics, Virechana Karma, Sanskrit, Basic Pathology, Snehana, Physiotherapy, Epidemiology, etc.|
The Wide Scope of a BAMS Degree
If you have any doubt if you’ll be equal to a doctor as a BAMS graduate, fear not – BAMS from the best Ayurvedic hospital in India, Sri Sai Institute of Ayurvedic Research and Medicine, along with other CCIM-approved institutes, is equal to an MBBS degree. BAMS graduates and find work in allied sectors too, which we’ll discuss in more detail now.
Since Ayurveda is enjoying the patronage of the government right now, BAMS graduates can find immense opportunities for practice in government hospitals and institutions. The other perks of being a government employee also apply, like free healthcare, housing, travel and retirement benefits, and a stable, gradually increasing salary package. They can receive starting salaries up to INR 50,000 depending on their specialization and employers, and the exact salary also varies by state and other regulations. Still, it’s a nice package overall.
After practicing for a few years, students from a BAMS college in Bhopal or other places in India could open their own practices too, or join another clinic business in the private sector.
Research is another hot field for BAMS graduates, as government and private entities are investing heavily in research for alternative medicine and herbal cures. And, to be fair, there is a lot of scope for scientific research in the field of Ayurveda too. Students can find work with government or privately funded research institutions or even perform research and analysis for pharmaceutical companies.
Teaching is another good career option for BAMS graduates. Of course, they have to first have at least a postgraduate degree to get work as a professor in private and government colleges. Some of the popular postgraduate degrees that BAMS graduates from a BAMS college in MP or other CCIM-approved universities can opt for a career in academia are:
- MD in various Ayurveda specializations
- Postgraduate diplomas in various subjects like Bala Roga, Panchakarma, Emergency Medicine, etc.
Students who want to have a career in the healthcare industry but don’t want the hectic schedule or stress of a doctor can opt for management roles after completing their BAMS course. This applies to both the public and private sectors, as players in healthcare and allied industries like drug manufacturing, medical tourism, etc, need administrators and management personnel to handle their operations.
Some good post-graduate degrees students can opt for to increase their chances of getting managerial roles are:
- Master of Hospital Administration (MHA)
- Master of Public Health (MPH)
- MBA in Healthcare and Hospital Management
Just like with management positions discussed earlier, marketing teams of both private and public institutions and businesses in the healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors need experienced professionals. BAMS graduates from BAMS college in Madhya Pradesh, and other colleges have experience and fit perfectly in the marketing teams as content writers, technical writers, journalists, sales personnel, etc.
Pharmaceutical and drug manufacturing, especially in the herbal/alternative medicine sectors have a huge demand for BAMS graduates. They can work with these companies to create, formulate, quality control, etc, finished products.
As you can see, there are plenty of opportunities for students of BAMS college in MP like Sri Sai Institute of Research and Medicine. And the ones discussed so far are not all – there are plenty of opportunities for BAMS graduates to grow in the ayurveda field in sectors like medical tourism too, as well as the option to become an entrepreneur and open their own business.
- What is CCIM?
CCIM stands for Central Council of Indian Medicine. It is a regulatory body under the Ministry of AYUSH that grants approvals to Ayurvedic hospitals, research centers, and educational institutions.
- How to become an Administrator in government hospitals?
BAMS students have to sit for UPSC or state-level administration exams to get jobs as an administrator in the government sector.
- What is the average salary of a BAMS doctor in India?
The average salary of a BAMS doctor in India is around INR 3.5 lakhs per annum.
- Can I become a medical officer with a BAMS degree?
Yes. You can become a medical officer with a BAMS degree with an average salary of INR 5 LPA in India.