June 24, 2010

Health journals form over 40% foreign publications in India

India seems to be a health conscious nation as far as reading about the subject is concerned with health magazines forming the chunk of foreign journals or periodicals published from the country.

A large number of 154 facsimile editions of foreign journals on health are published from the country out of the total 373 since doors were opened for such publications in 2003, according to Government data.

The publications range from subjects on neurology to cancer to cardiology and even 'medical grapevine' which talks about the latest news from the world of medicine.
The journals also include those on homoeopathy and psychiatry.
However, the trend seems to be declining over the years with no health magazine among the 18 approved for publication last year.

This year, till now, only three magazines, including 'Fortune India', have been given approval.
An yearly break-up shows that the maximum number of 72 approvals for foreign journals were given in 2006 and the least number of five in 2003.

The government has in 2009 allowed a 100 per cent FDI in the publication of facsimile editions of foreign newspapers. Via the same notification, the Government notified 26 per cent of FDI in the Indian editions of foreign newspapers and current affair magazines.

India had originally changed the law in 2003, allowing foreign groups full ownership of non-news publications.

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