The Medical Council of India (MCI) has decided to allow select government and private medical colleges to increase their seat intake for MBBS courses. Colleges willing to do so will have to fulfil all requirements within two years.
With 50 colleges having 50 seats doubling their intake and those with 100 seats taking in 150 students, health ministry estimates say the number of MBBS seats could go up by 2,500-3,000. Presently, there are 45,000 seats in undergraduate medical courses in 362 colleges. This is a one-time measure and only colleges which are more than 10 years old will be allowed to increase intake.
MCI has notified the new rules — Enhancement of annual intake capacity in Undergraduate Courses in Medical Colleges for academic session 2013-14 only regulations, 2013. Later, the council will have to carry out a physical verification and inspection of the medical facilities and infrastructure at the medical colleges where the seats are being increased.