Mysore: The Government’s decision to add 4000 new seats in PG medical education has led the Medical Council of India(MCI), to add 124 more post graduate seats in 10 medical institutions of the state for the year 2017-18.
Vijaynagar Institute of Medical Sciences, Ballari has benefited the most with 24 PG approvals coming its way. These have been followed by the Bangalore Medical College & Research Institute with 21 seats and finally, the Employees State Insurance Corporation Medical College, Bengaluru with a booty of 18.
JP Nadda, the Union Health Minister, in February made an official announcement to declare the addition of 4,193 seats for the year 2017-18, raising the post graduate medical seats to 35,117.
The other colleges to benefit from the state’s decision of PG seat increase are- Sanjay Gandhi Institute of Trauma and Orthopaedics -9;Belgaum Institute of Medical Sciences-5;Mandya Institute of Medical Sciences-16; Government Medical College, Mysuru-10;Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology, Bengaluru-2;Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences, Hubballi-9;Indira Gandhi Institute of Child Health- 10.
The government increased the student- teacher ratio in post graduate courses, offered in Government Medical colleges, to facilitate the seat increase endeavour.
The Ministry’s seat distribution plan will help create more than 2000 new seats in medical colleges;while the left over, numbering 2,100 will go to the Diplomate of National Board (DNB) streams, equivalent to MD, MS courses.
The Union Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley in his 2017-18 budget had announced the creation of 5000 PG seats, in an attempt to overcome specialist shortages in the country, reports city today.