Government has added over 4000 medical PG seats for 2017-18: Nadda
New Delhi, March 3, 2017
Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare has said that a record number of 4,000 post-graduate medical seats had been approved by the Government of India in various medical colleges and hospitals for the academic session 2017-18.
Mr. Nadda said that this would take the total number of post-graduate medical seats available to 35, 117.
He said the Government was committed to strengthening tertiary care and improving medical education in the country.
The Health Minister said that, of the total increase, 2,046 seats are in medical colleges.
Looking at 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. This change alone has resulted in the creation of 1,137 extra seats in 71 colleges.
Many others out of the total of 212 government colleges are sending their proposals and it is expected that at least 1000 more seats could be added during the month of March 2017, Mr. Nadda stated.
This includes DNB seats, which are equivalent to MD/MS and have increased by 2,147 in the last one year, he said.
Mr. Nadda said that there had been a total addition of 4,193 PG seats in the country so far, and a further addition of more than 1000 seats is likely during March 2017. The budget announcement of adding 5,000 PG medical seats in the country is thus likely to be achieved soon, he added.