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NEET 2018: Over 5,800 Seats Added by the Centre in Medical Colleges

January 23, 2018 12:00 PM

5800 new seats for NEET PG 2018 have been further added to various medical and dental colleges all over the country. There is a total of 479 medical colleges across the country which have a total student capacity of 67,352 MBBS seats. 

With a motto to have a raise in the strength of specialist doctors and faculty in medical colleges, the ministry of health has amplified the MBBS seats by 13,004 across the medical colleges of the country over the past three years. Moving ahead with the same issue in mind, this year again the Government of India has planned to step up the seats by 5,800 for PG medical courses throughout India. This increase would come into effect from 2018. In NEET 2018, 5,800 extra PG students can get to study in different medical colleges in India which will allow more examinees to secure minimum score to NEET for post graduate program..


India’s Low Doctor-Patient Ratio Led to This Increase:
The ratio of doctor and current population of India is very poor and alarming and this was highlighted by a government held survey. Doctor –population ratio means number of doctors over every 1000 people. The main purpose for increasing 5800 PG seats in medical colleges is to improve this ratio and bring it at par with the standards set by World Health Organization (WHO). 

There are currently about 10.4 lakhs doctors registered in India and around 8.33 lakhs are readily present for service (assuming 80% availability). The government is aiming to increase current doctor-population ratio from 0.63:1000 to 1:1000 which will take India at par with WHO norms set for this ratio. Also, as a result of this increase in seats the number of teachers required in medical colleges will also reach to a sufficient number.

Centrally Sponsored Scheme to Establish New Medical Colleges
Post the increase in the number of post-graduation seats in medical colleges, the government has made plans to set up with new medical colleges which would be associated to a particular district or referral hospitals. The minimum standard requirement (MSRs) for the medical colleges which includes the faculty, requirements of land, bed strength, staff and other infrastructure necessities has been rationalized to aid the setting up of these new colleges.
As per the latest news reports, new centrally-sponsored scheme is coming up by the government in which there is a proposal of founding of new medical colleges in 58 different districts across 20 states in the country. This proposal comprises 20 under-served regions of the country. This initiative would result in upsurge of 5,800 MBBS seats in the country.

Criteria to identify districts in need
• Districts which have no medical college.
• Preference given to under-served districts.
Increment of seats in NEET, which is conducted by CBSE, will not only help more students to get top medical colleges but will also increase the doctors across the nation especially in the under-served areas.

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