December 07, 2010

30 per cent increase in AP medical seats - MBBS & PG likely

Medical aspirants will have a better chance of securing a seat in state colleges next academic year as the number of medical seats in the state might increase by an average of 30 per cent, thanks to the new Medical Council of India rules. According to the recent MCI guidelines for admissions, medical colleges which have 1,100 beds can admit up to 250 students. This would mean that several top medical colleges in the state can increase their seats by 20 to even 50 per cent.

According to officials of the medical education department, colleges like Osmania Medical College (bed strength 6,000) which currently has 200 seats, would be able to add 50 more seats. Similarly, Gandhi Medical College (1,100 beds) would be able to add 100 more seats to its existing 150 in the wake of MCI's new guidelines and Warangal Medical College (1,200 beds), again with a seat strength of 150, would be able to add 50 to 100 seats depending upon the number of faculty members.

Officials of NTR University of Health Sciences said that since an average of 60,000 students qualify in the Eamcet every year an increase in the number of seats would be a welcome move. "Every year around 13 students compete for one seat. The competition will come down from the coming year," said T Venugopal Rao, registrar, NTR Health University.

Meanwhile, private medical colleges are unlikely to gain from the new guidelines as their bed strength doesn't match those of government institutions. "Once seats are increased, students having ranks up to 5,500 would stand a fair chance of getting medical admissions in the next year," said a private college management representative.

Meanwhile, senior doctors are still skeptical about number of medical seats going up. "The faculty ratio in a college will also determine the admission policy. Without enough faculty members no college can cope with increased student strength. Hence, the colleges which are eligible for seat increase have to have a bigger faculty," said Pradeep Despande, professor of nephrology and former principal, Gandhi Medical College. According to the current norms, the teacher-student ratio in undergraduate level is supposed to be 1:9.

Prof Siddappa Gourav, principal, Osmania Medical College, is optimistic of getting MCI approval for increasing the number of medical seats in his college as it has a healthy bed strength of 6,000 spread across 10 hospitals and one rural health centre.

MCI has also sanctioned a 30 per cent increase in PG medical seats for the coming academic year.

In the previous year, MCI had increased the seat share in colleges including Gandhi and Osmania by 10 per cent.

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