4,800 MBBS seats reserved for economically weaker section, says Harsh Vardhan

Harsh Vardhan

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Friday said that 4,800 MBBS seats have been reserved for the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) in the current academic session.

In his address, Vardhan informed the Lok Sabha that medical seats in the post graduate and undergraduate courses have been increased by 24,698 in the last two years.

During the 2017-18 to 2019-20 period, a rise of 15,815 UG seats and 2,153 PG seats has been witnessed.

Whereas, for the academic session 2019-20, 10, 565 UG seats and 2,153 PG seats have been increased, according to the data shared by him in the lower house of the Parliament.

The Minister of Health and Family Welfare, during the Question Hour, informed that there are now 75,000 MBBS seats for the candidates who qualify the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET).

He said, “The government has taken several steps to increase the number of seats in various medical educational institutes/ medical colleges across the country”.

Notably, all medical colleges have been instructed to start PG courses within three years from the date of their MBBS course recognition.

New medical colleges are also being established by upgrading district/referral hospitals preferably in under-served districts, said the minister.

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