The government has approved over 4,000 PG medical seats in different medical colleges and hospitals across the country for the 2017-18 academic session. This has set a new record in the history of medical academics. With this, the total number of seats has increased to 35,117. Of the total increase, 2046 seats are in the medical colleges.
Talking about the same, the Union Health Minister, J.P. Nadda said, “In a huge boost to medical education in the country, over 4,000 PG medical seats have been approved by the Government of India in various medical colleges and hospitals for the academic session 2017-18, taking the total number of PG seats available to 35,117.”
This move has been taken to strengthen the health care facilities in the country. It will help in providing opportunity to a greater number of deserving candidates and eventually help in improving the health care sector.
“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,” shared Nadda.
As per him, many other colleges had also been sending proposals and it was expected that a minimum of 1,000 more seats would be added in the month of March 2017.
“This includes DNB (Diplomate of National Board) seats — which are equivalent to MD/MS — which have increased by 2,147 in the last one year,” shared Nadda. He also said that by far there has been a total addition of 4,193 PG seats in the country. Looking at this, it seems that the announcement of adding 5,000 PG medical seats in the country would be achieved pretty soon.