Bengaluru: The Medical Education Department of the state had decided to seek 400 additional under graduate medical seats for Government Medical Colleges for the coming academic year. This comes as a boost for those applying to medical colleges in the next academic year.
With the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS), Bengaluru, having already given its consent to the government medical colleges for enhancement of seats, the Directorate of Medical Education now awaits a nod from the Medical Council of India (MCI).
Dr Sachidanand, Director Medical Education Department, told Express, “For the coming academic year, for admissions through NEET 2017, we have submitted proposals for enhancement of seats in seven government medical colleges and we are also trying to develop the infrastructure at the new college announced at Bowring Hospital in Bengaluru.”
Along with Government colleges, a few private medical institutions have also applied for increase of seats and fresh affiliation.
“Basaveshwara Medical College, Chitradurga, Ambedkar Institute of Medical Sciences and BVB Nijalingappa Medical College, Bagalkot, have applied for fresh affiliation. Rajarajeshwari Medical College, Bengaluru, has applied for enhancement of seats. All these proposals are pending before MCI since 2016 and are expected to be accepted,” he said.
“The infrastructure, staff and all the necessary facilities are available at the colleges where we have applied for enhancement of seats and we are confident of getting the MCI approval,” Sachidanand, further added,
The 16 government-run medical colleges in the state have an intake of 2,200 seats. This number is to rise to Rs. 2,600 at the time of June 2017 admissions.
“Bangalore Medical College alone offers 250 seats, nine colleges have an intake of 150 each and six colleges offer 100 seats each. Apart from this, if the intake of private colleges is increased, the government will get its share in the form of government quota seats,” said the Director, Medical Education.