Frequently Asked Questions

Free Medical education is urgently required because of a major shortage of doctors in rural India with average doctor to patient ratio of 1:11,000 (WHO’s recommended ratio is 1:1000; USA is at 1:300). Medical education in India comes with heavy financial burden and most doctors pursue lucrative medical careers in urban areas after graduation to pay off their student debts. It is mostly out of reach for students from rural areas. India graduates about 88,000 doctors each year from 600 colleges, but less than 5% of the annual intake is from rural areas. By providing free medical education, we will help rural students realize their dream of becoming doctors. Tuition, lodging, boarding, books, medical supplies, clinical equipment, etc. will all be provided completely free of cost. The students, in turn, will develop a sense of gratitude and be inspired to give back to their own rural communities. We see this as the only way to close the rural-urban healthcare gap in the long run.
There are 2 aspects to the funding – Capex (or capital expenditure) to build out the infrastructure, and Opex (or operating expenses) to operate the institution once it admits students. For the Capex, we are seeking funding from Foundations, individual donors, high net worth individuals or philanthropists and Government grants. The Opex will be funded by people like you and me through medical scholarship programs. Philanthropists and high net worth individuals can also support the Opex tool. Here is a short overview of the Opex funding structure.



All students must pass India’s NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) exam before they are considered for enrollment. Besides passing the NEET exam, students undergo a strict screening to meet following enrollment criteria:

a. They must be currently living and receiving education from a rural area
b. Their family must meet the criteria for low-income family
c. They must pass an additional aptitude test to ensure their desire and willingness to serve in the rural areas long-term.
The goal of providing free education is to have more doctors working in rural areas in the long run. Those students who do not pay for their education will generally develop a sense of gratitude and obligation - to honor the bond they signed promising to serve in rural areas. Whereas the ones who pay for their education may feel no such obligation and cannot be bound by any such bond or contract to serve in rural areas. To ensure the integrity and purity of purpose, and to encourage student enrollment from the poorest rural backgrounds, we don’t believe it is a good idea to mix the two categories of students i.e. those who can pay out of pocket and those who cannot. Once we admit paying students, we will essentially create 2 classes of students in the college, based on their ability to pay for education ,which will lead to differing expectations and an unhealthy social environment among students.
At the time of student enrollment, all students will sign a bond/contract in which they promise to sign up to 5 years of rural service after their MBBS training in our college. In case they choose to continue specialty (3 yrs) and super-specialty (3 yrs) education in the same medical campus, they will be required to work in a rural area for additional 3 years each time. If they are unable to fulfill this bond, they will be required to pay back the full cost of their medical education.
Each student enrolled in this college is required to undergo 5 years of rural service after completion of their MBBS training. If a student is unable to do so or decides to take a paying job in an urban area or go abroad, he/she will be required to pay back the full amount invested for the medical education ($125,000 or INR 1 Crore, plus interest compounded each year).
Yes, students from all rural parts of India can be admitted to this college as long as they meet the selection criteria. Similarly, after graduation, they can choose to do their 5 years of rural service in any part of rural India.
One can donate any amount for this cause. All donations are tax-deductible in the USA. Although there is a fixed amount that needs to be committed for full sponsorship of a medical student ($25,000/ year for 5 years), any amount can be donated for a pooled scholarship program and for supporting medical college infrastructure. For full scholarship, please contact our team to fill the registration form. Here are further details:



One may donate online via PayPal or by check or wire transfer. For details of wire transfer, please contact us directly at doctor4doctor@h2h.foundation.



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Your donation will go directly towards medical scholarship or medical college infrastructure, whichever you choose. Please mention “medical scholarship” or “medical college” accordingly under comments, whether you participate online or by check/ wire transfer.

If you choose to sponsor a medical student under the full scholarship program, here is a breakdown of where your donation will be utilized:



H2H foundation is based in Santa Clara, CA. All donations are tax deductible in the US since H2H is an approved charity under 501 c (3) of IRS.
Under medical scholarship, 7% of the donation goes towards personal expenses of the student (food, lodging, books, lab equipment, etc) and 71% goes towards tuition fees which support the staff and teaching materials/ facilities. The remainder goes towards building infrastructure and depreciation.
The medical college will be ready for approval by the National Medical Commission in November 2022. The 1st batch of 100 students will be enrolled in July 2023, followed by 100 students each July thereon.
All faculty candidates will undergo a thorough screening process and interviews before they are offered faculty positions. Besides professional achievements, we also look for the willingness to teach rural students and values of compassionate care. This rural college is located about 2 hours from Bangalore, a few miles off the national highway. It is easily accessible for those residing in and around Bangalore. So far, 19 faculty positions have been already filled and we have over 700 applicants for the open positions.

To Participate in this noble cause, please email us at doctor4doctor@h2h.foundation