The Minister of State of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), Faggan Singh Kulsate had mentioned increasing the number of seats in MBBS in September 2016, but there hasn’t been any news about the recent developments in the undergraduate course. However, the MoHFW has issued letters to various medical colleges affiliated with the Medical Council of India (MCI) to either increase the number of seats in post-graduation courses at least start the course / add seats.
This step by the MoHFW has been taken in order to provide more opportunities to MBBS degree holders who look forward to enrolling in post-graduate courses like Master in Surgery or Doctor of Medicine (MS/MD).
Each institute has to provide certain documents to the MCI including details about the infrastructural facilities with respect to teaching and non-teaching staff, and equipment, along with hospital facilities as per the MCI norms.
This addition in colleges is to be implemented for the 2017-2018 academic session. Though the increase in the number of seats is anywhere between one to ten, the step sure seems like progress as it ensures that more students will get admission in post-grad courses.
Click here for the list of medical institutes that have been intimated.