Maharashtra will get 122 more post graduate (PG) seats in its government medical colleges. This will be out of the 2,700 PG medical seats the Centre has decided to add in 138 government colleges across the country. These seats will be available to students from the 2010-11 academic session.
Maharashtra has 1,435 PG seats at present. There are about 13,500 PG medical seats in the country and 34,000 at the MBBS level. After the addition, the total of PG seats will be 16,200.
According to a health ministry official, the government plans to further enhance the PG seats to 35,000 in the next two years, while the MBBS seats would be 50,000.
“During the past two months, we have approved proposals from 64 government medical colleges across the country to increase the intake at PG level by 1,200 additional seats,”said Union minister for health and family welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad.
“We are expecting an increase of another 1,500 for the remaining government medical colleges within next one month,” he added.
The medical colleges need to apply under Section 10A of the MCI Act to increase the number of seats.
“In order to address the shortage of medical specialists to cater to the increasing demands of public healthcare in rural and urban areas, we are adopting various strategies. This includes augmenting the capacity of existing medical institutions, encouraging setting up of new medical colleges and introduction of new PG courses. The government has also decided to give recognition to acclaimed PG medical degrees awarded in English-speaking countries,” said Azad.