The five government medical colleges in Delhi - All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Vardhaman Mahavir Medical College (Safdarjung), University College of Medical Sciences, MAMC, Lady Hardinge - put together offer not more than 800 MBBS seats to close to around 2 lakh aspirants every year.
The increase of 20 undergraduate medical seats - from 180 to 200 - proposed in the annual Delhi budget for MAMC, and announcing construction of two new medical colleges, is sadly unlikely to offer much help.
"Infrastructure-wise private colleges are generally good, but when it comes to arranging an experienced faculty and developing competent curriculum, they are far behind," said Dr Debjyoti Karmakar, senior resident doctor, department of gynaecology, AIIMS.
Constructing more medical colleges is the only way to meet the shortfall. "The news of additional seats is assuring for parents, as they are more anxious to see their child get to a good medical college," said Dr Karmakar.