450 Extra Seats Likely To Be Available
Aspiring medical students can look forward to at least 450 additional seats, and four new colleges in the state by the 2018-19 academic year. The numbers might even go up.Not only does it mean lesser competition for medical aspirants in the state, it also means better access to quality health services for citizens.
The Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS), which had invited proposals for new medical colleges, starting of new PG courses, and increase in the intake capacity for UG and PG courses in the existing colleges, has received a good response, and the state is set to get new colleges and additional seats by the 2018-19 academic year.
MUHS registrar Dr K D Chavan said four applications, for the new colleges, have already been received from different educational trusts. More are expected before the deadline of October 31. Many colleges have even applied for increase in the number of seats in the health sciences courses.According to Chavan, these are positive steps towards the fruition of the university's ambitious five-yearly plan.
“We received at least 30 enquiries, many of which will turn into formal applications by October 31. The university had conducted an orientation programme for the trust representatives and college heads in July , to inform them about the process,“ said Chavan.
The university wants to ensure that most of the applications are technically flawless, and most of the documentation work is ready before allotting affiliation to the new colleges. It had invited applications from the interested trusts and colleges in May 2017. A detailed academic notification pertaining to information, affiliation fees, and the proposal format was shared in June 2017.
MUHS' five-yearly plan, which was released last year, clearly mentions the need for more medical colleges in the state. “At present, the regionwise student intake capacity , per one lakh population, for Konkan (Mumbai) region is 2.83; for Pune region is 3.18; for Nagpur region is 4.68; for Marathwada (Aurangabad) region is 2.67; for Amravati region is 2.66 and; for Nashik (North Maharashtra) region is 0.54. To increase this ratio, medical colleges will be started,“ said the report. The report also revealed some interesting facts about medical education scenario in the state. Currently , there is no medical college in 13 districts, while 16 districts are without a dental college. Seven of the state's districts do not have an ayurvedic college and nine districts have no homoeopathy college. Moreover, 30 districts do not have a college teaching unani system of medicine.
There are also three districts which are yet to get a nursing colleges. Additionally , there are 20 districts without physiotherapy colleges, 33 districts without occupational therapy colleges, and 32 district where no BASLP (Bachelor of Audiology Speech Lang uage Pathology) college exists.
As per the report's recommendation, North Maharashtra will get six new health science institutes, with an MBBS, BAMS and a nursing college in Nashik, homoeopathy colleges in Ahmednagar and Jalgaon, and another nursing college in Ahmednagar.
Moreover, the Medical Council of India (MCI) has already given its nod to improve the student-teacher ratio for PG medicine courses. This decision will add up to 1,200 new PG medical seats in Maharashtra's government medical colleges.