After starting MBBS course in the newly established Government Medical Colleges of Anantnag and Baramulla, the MCI has now consented for starting this course at Kathua and Rajouri GMCs also.
With the Medical Council of India’s consent for starting the course in two more GMCs, an additional 400 MBBS seats will be added this academic year for aspirants of J&K in all the four colleges from current session, with 100 seats for each college.
Last week, the MCI had written to the state government regarding its decision to allow GMC Anantnag and GMC Baramulla to admit their first batches of 100 students each subject to furnishing of undertaking by the Principals of these colleges.
An official in health and medical education department said that although the formal letter of permission will take about a week, the MCI had already clearly stated that it had agreed in principle to allow MBBS in the four of the five new medical colleges of J&K for 2019-20.
The official said that 50 percent of the seats will be reserved for female candidates as per the existing norms in other government medical colleges.
Commissioner Secretary, Health and Medical Education Department, Atal Dulloo said the Board of Professional Entrance Examinations (BOPEE) had already been briefed about the development and the additional seats, as soon as LoP is received, will reflect in the seat matrix.
He said, “The letter for GMC Doda was expected soon. Aspirants for MBBS here have 400-500 additional seats to look forward to this year.”
Currently, there are 500 MBBS seats in State’s Medical Colleges, 150 each at GMC Srinagar and GMC Jammu and 100 each at SKIMS Medical College Bemina and ASCOMS Jammu.