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Punjab colleges hope for 180 more MBBS seats

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Punjab’s medical education aspirants might have a brighter chance of getting admission as the state may get 180 more MBBS seats from this session. And, if two colleges that were earlier denied permission are now granted nod for admissions, the total MBBS seats in Punjab may well cross 1,250.

According to sources in the state department of medical education and research, the Medical Council of India (MCI) has conducted inspection at three medical colleges already and the reports are awaited.

Last month, the MCI carried out an inspection to increase 50 seats each at Government Medical College, Patiala, and Guru Gobind Singh Medical College, Faridkot. This will take the total number of seats at the two colleges to 300.

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An inspection at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital in Ludhiana was also conducted to increase seats from 70 to 100. Similarly, Sri Guru Ram Das Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Amritsar, has applied to add 50 seats to its existing capacity of 100. Inspection has been done here too.

As per the MCI, “The assessment reports will now be placed before the executive committee.” Sources said the state government is expecting increase seats before the conclusion of the admission counselling process.

Even Government Medical College, Amritsar, applied for 50 additional seats, but the council has not conducted any inspection yet. Sources said that with the counselling nearing, not much hope is left for this college this time. Application of Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, has already been disapproved.

A fresh inspection at Chintpurni Medical College, Pathankot, was also conducted last week by the MCI, said sources. In the first inspection last month, the council had denied permission to enroll students for 2014 session. The college has 150 seats.

Similarly, an inspection was conducted at Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences, Jalandhar. A senior official from BFUHS, Faridkot, said that this year the college is likely to be allowed to admit the students.

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