Medical Admissions 2019-20

Medical Admissions 2019-20

More PG med seats at govt colleges this year

PUBLISH DATE 30th March 2017

Close to 200 additional seats will be available in postgraduate medical courses across government colleges in the state this year, taking the total count of seats to 1,490.

The Medical Council of India (MCI) recommended an increase in PG seats in clinical subjects (broad specialty) in all government colleges after an approval from the central government.

Seats in general surgery and general medicine have seen the maximum jump in the seats in the country and even in the state. The additional seats will be added to the pool of seats available in the centralised admission process (CAP) rounds starting from April 1.

TOI had earlier reported that the state is likely to get 900 more PG seats in two years, after the announcement of additional 5,000 seats was made in the Union budget. This is the increase approved in the first phase, said director Pravin Shingare, Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER). He added that 50% of the total seats will go for the all-India quota. “The number of seats has been increased by increasing the ratio of professors to students from 1:2 to 2:3. The growth in general medicine and surgery is because there are more teachers available in these subjects,“ said Shingare. While colleges in Rajasthan got the most number of seats in this round, Maharashtra, with its 191 additional seats, witnessed the second highest growth.

In a meeting between representatives of private and deemed colleges and the state government, the colleges ha ve asked the state to allow them to hike their fees on their own based on their expenditure. said Shingare. They also sought the state's approval to allow them to fill the management seats. In postgraduate courses, 50% seats belong to the management and in undergraduate programmes, management seats are around 15%. “The state government will discuss the matter in two days and meet representatives of private colleges on the third day to convey the final decision on the matter,“ he added.