As many as 4,500 MBBS seats will be added from this year onwards, marking one of the steepest increases in the number of seats offered yearly in India.
The increase will see the total number of admissions into MBBS course rising to 74,215 students from 69,712 a year ago. Of this, government medical colleges will account for 36,222 seats.
Medical Council of India-Board of Governors (MCI-BOG) informed the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare that 33 new medical colleges have been granted permission to start MBBS courses this year.
The apex regulatory body also gave consent to medical institutions to increase the number of seats corresponding to the implementation of Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) quota.
The Parliament had passed the Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill 2019 to enable EWS of Indian society. As per the bill, all educational institutions will offer the EWS quota in the general category.
Medical institutions have been directed to increase MBBS seats at their institutes by 10 percent so that other categories won’t be affected.
The northern state of Uttar Pradesh will now have 7,102 students admitted to MBBS course this year, compared to 6,499 last year.
Some medical education experts, however, warn that the sudden hike in the number of seats without addressing infrastructure issues may not yield desired results and can even be counterproductive. Already, there exists a shortage of faculty and further loading the fragile systems with more students could adversely impact the quality of education.