J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, on Thursday said that “an all-time record number of over 4,000 PG medical seats have been approved by Government of India in various medical colleges and hospitals for the academic session 2017-18 this year, taking the total number of PG seats available to 35,117.”
This will strengthen tertiary care and improve the medical education in the country, said the minister. Of the 4,000 new steats, 2,046 seats are in medical colleges. In addition, keeping in view the need to increase PG seats in clinical subjects, the Government had decided to amend the teacher student ratio in clinical subjects in government medical colleges, he noted.
Due to the changed ratio, 1,137 extra seats were created in 71 colleges. Out of the total of 212 government colleges which have sent their proposals, it is expected that at least 1,000 more seats can be added during the month of March 2017, Nadda stated.
Even DNB seats, which are equivalent to MD/MS, have increased by 2,147 in the last one year. The total addition so far has been 4,193 PG seats in the country and a further addition of more than 1000 seats is likely by March 2017, which will fulfil the budget announcement made last year to add 5,000 PG medical seats in the country, he said.