For the academic session of 2017-18, a record number of over 4000 PG medical seats have been approved by the government in various medical colleges and hospitals. Of the total, 2,046 seats will be added in medical colleges.
The approval of seats by the government has increased the total number of postgraduate medical seats to 35,117.
The need to increase the total number of PG seats in clinical subjects has also led the government to improve the teacher-student ratio for these subjects in government medical colleges. The government’s approval has resulted in the creation of 1,137 extra seats in 71 colleges.
Out of the total of 212 government colleges, many others are still in the process of sending their proposals to increase the seats. It is expected that by the end of March 2017, nearly 1000 more seats will be added in these colleges.
Diplomate National Board (DNB) seats, which are equivalent to MD/MS, have increased by 2,147 in the last one year.
Thus, the overall increase in PG medical seats is 4193 in the country so far and a further addition of more than 1000 seats is likely during March 2017 will add more than 5,000 postgraduate seats in the country which will help the government to achieve its target of adding 5,000 PG medical seats announced in the Budget.