Health Ministry puts down proposals of 159 medical colleges for admissions in MBBS course

New Delhi: The Health Ministry has shot down proposals of 159 medical colleges, including 47 run by the government, for admissions in MBBS course in the academic year 2018-19. It means denial of over 20,000 seats, as against the existing admissions on 60,000 seats.

These include 68 new medical colleges, as also 82 existing medical colleges that have been asked not to admit a fresh batch despite already running the course, some even for three to five years. Nine other colleges were denied permission to increase the seats. The decisions, notified on the ministry website last weekend, are based on the recommendations from the Medial Council of India, the apex regulatory body for medical education that assesses whether colleges have the required infrastructure, faculty and number of patients. The regulator cited “deficiencies,” expressing concern that even the government colleges do not bother about meeting the requirements.

The number of medical colleges that got the red slip, directing them not to grant any admission in the coming academic year include 12 in Madhya Pradesh, 11 Maharashtra and 9 in Rajasthan. A MCI spokesman said the council is aware of acute shortage of at least five lakh doctors in the country as there are only 10,41,395 doctors, but it cannot compromise with quality of education as it would be otherwise playing with life of the people.


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