Medical Admissions 2019-20

Medical Admissions 2019-20

62 trusts seek nod for medical colleges

PUBLISH DATE 11th November 2017

 The Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS) has received 50 proposals for new undergraduate (UG) health science colleges and 12 for post-graduate (PG) colleges in different faculties.

In addition to this, 18 existing UG health science colleges and six existing PG colleges have submitted proposals to increase their intake capacity.

If all the proposals received by the health university are accepted, the state will get at least 62 new colleges and 450 additional seats in different health science courses by the 2018-19 academic year.

This major development could be termed as an outcome of the university’s initiative this year to invite proposals for opening new medical colleges, new PG courses and increase in the intake capacity for UG and PG courses in the existing colleges.

The MUHS registrar, K D Chavan, told TOI on Friday that the 50 applications for new colleges in different faculties came from educational trusts across the state.

“These include two applications for new medical (MBBS) colleges, two dental, six ayurveda, four homoeopathy and three nursing colleges. The planning board of the MUHS will conduct the scrutiny of these applications and forward them to the Management Council soon,” said Chavan.

“Apart from this, two applications each have been received for new PG medical (MD/MS), PG ayurdveda and M Sc nursing colleges. Interestingly, five applications are for MBA (health care) course.”

Physiotherapy also being a popular course, eight applications were received for new colleges while five existing physiotherapy colleges have applied for additional intake.

Optometry seems to be another popular subject in health sciences. Applications have been received for six new colleges willing to provide BSc degree in optometry. Seven new institutes are willing to provide diploma in optometry and three colleges are interested in providing diploma in optometric science. At present, the state has no optometry institute at all.

The MUHS had asked education trusts in the state to submit proposals for new colleges in May 2017. The university had also conducted a workshop for the representatives of trusts to ensure that their applications met the criteria of the state government and the Medical Council of India (MCI).

“The management council will forward the selected applications to the state government and the MCI. We can expect the resolution about new colleges from the state before the beginning of the next academic session,” added Chavan.

According to Chavan, the interest shown by the educational trusts and colleges could be a positive step regarding the implementation of the ambitious five-yearly plan of the MUHS.

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