In a big bonanza for aspiring doctors in the north, the Medical Council of India has allowed region's medical colleges to increase 1,110 MBBS seats from the current academic session.
The decision will directly benefit aspirants in Punjab, Haryana, Jammu&Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh.
In a state-wise breakup, Punjab will be able to add 325 MBBS seats. Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences, Jalandhar, has been allowed to admit 150 students. Guru Ram Das Medical College, Amritsar, and government medical colleges in Patiala and Faridkot have been allowed to increase 50 MBBS seats each. Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, will get 25 additional seats. With fresh additions, the total number of MBBS seats in Punjab has reached 995.
Haryana will add 350 MBBS seats to its existing number. While three medical colleges - Shaheed Hasan Khan Mewati Government Medical College, Nalhar, BPS Government Medical College for Women, Sonepat and Shree Guru Gobind Singh Tricentenary Medical College Hospital and Research Centre, Gurgaon - have been allowed to add 100 seats each, Pt BD Sharma Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Rohtak, will be able to admit 50 more MBBS students.
In J&K, three medical colleges - Sher-I Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Srinagar, Government Medical College, Jammu and Government Medical College, Srinagar - have been allowed to add 50 seats each.
Similarly, two government medical colleges in Himachal Pradesh will be able to admit 85 more students. While Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla, has been allowed to admit 35 more students, the seat tally at Dr Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College, Tanda, has gone up by 50. Another private college Maharishi Markandeshwar Medical College & Hospital, Solan, has been allowed to admit 150 MBBS students. The total number of MBBS seats in the state has now touched 350.
Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector-32 (GMCH-32), Chandigarh, has been allowed to increase its seat strength by 50. After the first inspection, the MCI had allowed the college to admit only 50 students instead of 100.