Government is set to create 3,000 new MBBS seats across the country taking the total number to over 48,000 in a move aimed at attaining the optimum doctor- population ratio.
As a one-time measure, the Medical Council of India, the apex medical education regulator, has allowed government and recognised private medical colleges with 10 years of standing to increase their MBBS seats.
While those medical colleges with 50 seats at present will be allowed to increase their seats to 100 and those with 100 seats now will be permitted to hike them to 150, as per the scheme. The grant of permission for new MBBS seats will be decided by July 31 following applications from various government and private medical colleges which have applied for increase of their seats.
MCI has notified a new set of regulations – the ‘Enhancement of Annual intake capacity in Undergraduate Courses in Medical Colleges for academic session 2013-14 only regulations, 2013’.
MCI will have to later carry out a physical verification and inspection of medical facilities and infrastructure at medical colleges where the seats are being increased.
There are a total of 362 medical colleges in the country, with over 45,000 MBBS seats in them across the country.