Following the approval by an empowered committee under Union Health Ministry, the government has announced that it is going ahead with the decision to add 2,500 more seats for Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) to medical institutes across India.
According to the government’s announcements, these additional seats will come up at both new and existing government colleges. Based on the input from the health ministry, the committee also approved establishing new medical colleges at select few hospitals.
The move has indeed come as a blessing for medical aspirants throughout the country. It is worth noting here that the total number MBBS seats across the country fell by 1,170 in 2014-15 after the Medical Council of India (MCI) rejected the proposal of adding 3,920 new seats (2,750 of those were approved).
The MCI decision was criticized by many. According to available details, the committee has waved the green flag at G B Pant Hospital (Port Blair) for adding 100 new seats. The district hospitals at Almora, Datia, Churu, Dungarpur, Kohima, and Khandwa won similar favor from the committee.
In addition, the committee also approved the proposals to increase the number of seats in the medical colleges of Amritsar and Patiala (Punjab); Kany (Tamil Nadu). The seat base in Bhopal, Haldwani, Kota, Indore, Gwalior and Udaipur are also to increase.