New Delhi: If everything goes according to plan, soon there will be 4,058 new medical post-graduate (PG) seats. These seats will be part of the 75 additional government medical colleges that were announced last month and are to be established by 2021-22. The colleges, to be established by 2021-22, will accommodate 4,058 new PG seats in across 21 states/union territories.
The Cabinet also sanctioned an expenditure of ₹24,375 crore for these colleges during the 15th Finance Commission period i.e. up to 2021-22.
"The establishment of new medical colleges attached with existing district/referral hospitals, would lead to an increase in the availability of qualified health professionals, improve tertiary care in government sector, utilize existing infrastructure of districts hospitals and promote affordable medical education in the country," a PIB release said on 28 August.
New medical colleges would be set up in under-served areas having no medical college.
The scheme on establishment of new medical colleges would lead to addition of at least 15,700 MBBS seats in the country.
A tweet by PIB on Wednesday suggested that there will be 98 new PG seats in five government medical colleges across three states.
Also, 2,153 new PG seats have also been permitted for starting and increasing PG course under Indian Medical Council Act.
As part of major reforms to overhaul medical education, the Modi government brought in National Medical Commission, which will regulate fees for 50% seats in private medical colleges.
2,750 MBBS seats have been added in 25 new government medical colleges in academic year 2019-20, the biggest addition in a single year, said a PIB release.