Post-graduate medical seats available across the country in both government and private colleges are set to increase by 501 for the 2016-17 academic session. The Medical Council of India (MCI) recommended an increase in PG seats to the Ministry of Health after inspection of the colleges that applied for augmenting seat availability.
The move, however, follows a revision by the MCI of the minimum standard requirements in several disciplines in order to address shortage of doctors in the country, especially in disciplines like mental health where requirement of physical infrastructure is not as crucial as in some of other disciplines.
According to the proposal, which has been sent to the government, Tamil Nadu — with 82 more seats — is likely to see the biggest jump in the number of seats, followed by 43 each in Haryana, Gujarat and Maharashtra. Chhattisgarh and West Bengal might only see an increase of 2 seats each . An increase in the number of seats has been proposed in all existing PG disciplines (see box).
The ministry is expected to take a call on the new seats by the end of this month. There are at present 25,577 PG medical seats in the country.
With just five seats, radiotherapy, which concerns cancer treatment, is likely to see one of the lowest increase despite India’s rising cancer burden.
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