The post-graduate (PG) medical seats in 13 government medical colleges in the state will more than double this year.
The 13 colleges will add 881 PG seats for the 2011-2012 academic year. The medical colleges at present have only 750 post-graduate seats for which they receive more than 7,000 applications from doctors.
The increase in the number of PG seats is an outcome of the ministry of health and family welfare sanctioning Rs417 crore for the up-gradation of the 13 government medical colleges. “The central government has agreed to release the funds and the state government has decided to give its counterpart share of Rs104 crore which will be utilised for up-gradation of these medical colleges,” said Milind Mhaiskar, medical education secretary.
“The memorandum of understanding will be signed before the end of this month between the state and the central government, after which the Centre will release its share to the respective hospitals.” The central government has agreed to contribute Rs313 crore (75%) while the state will put in Rs104 crore (25%). In the last six months, teams sent by the ministry of health and family welfare visited the 13 medical colleges in the state including Grant Medical College and the JJ Group of hospitals in the city.
Mhaiskar said that the funding would be utilised for constructing new rooms, hostels, refurbishing operation theatres, laboratories and buying new equipments wherever necessary.
“Just increasing the post-graduate seats won’t help. The senior resident doctors who stay in the hospital premises also need all the other necessary facilities as well. This funding will help in filling the present infrastructure gaps,” said Mhaiskar.
“Increasing the number of post graduate seats will reflect in more number of specialist doctors getting trained in the state and being available for state service,” said Dr Pravin Shingare, joint director, Directorate of Medical Education and Research.