Health Policy

Medical seats to increase by 30 percent

Medical aspirants will have a better chance of securing a seat in state colleges next academic year as the number of medical seats in the state might increase by an average of 30 percent, thanks to the new Medical Council of India rules. According to the recent MCI guidelines for admissions, medical colleges which have 1,100 beds can admit up to 250 students. This would mean that several top medical colleges in the state can increase their seats by 20 to even 50 percent.According to officials of the medical education department, colleges like Osmania Medical College (bed strength 6,000) which currently has 200 seats, would be able to add 50 more seats. Similarly, Gandhi Medical College (1,100 beds) would be able to add 100 more seats to its existing 150 in the wake of MCI’s new guidelines and Warangal Medical College (1,200 beds), again with a seat strength of 150, would be able to add 50 to 100 seats depending upon the number of faculty members.Meanwhile, private medical colleges are unlikely to gain from the new guidelines as their bed strength doesn’t match those of government institutions. MCI has also sanctioned a 30 per cent increase in PG medical seats for the coming academic year. In the previous year, MCI had increased the seat share in colleges including Gandhi and Osmania by 10 per cent.

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