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‘India has 541 medical colleges currently with capacity of 80,312 MBBS seats’

Ashwini Kumar Choubey

India has got around 45 percent increase in the total number of medical colleges in last six years, Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Ashwini Kumar Choubey said in the parliament recently. In a written reply in Lok Sabha, he also informed that currently we have a total of 541 medical colleges across the country.

“At present, there are 541 medical colleges (280 under government and 261 under private) in the country with an intake capacity of 80,312 MBBS seats annually,”he was quoted saying by ANI report.

As per the Minister, the number of medical colleges in the country was 381 in 2014. The number of medical seats has increased from 54,348 in 2014 to 80,312 in 2020.

Talking about fee structure in the medical colleges, he said: “As on date, in the case of government medical colleges, the respective state governments are responsible for fixation of fee and in the case of private unaided medical colleges, the fee structure is decided by a committee set up by the respective state government under the chairmanship of a retired High Court judge in pursuance of the directions of the Supreme Court of India.”

“It is for the committee to decide whether the fee proposed by an Institute is justified and the fee fixed by the committee is binding on the Institute,” he further said.

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