Bihar is set to get 410 more undergraduate medical seats this year, as compared to 2012, including 100 seats each in new medical colleges at Bettiah and Pawapuri.
As such, 950 MBBS seats may be up for grabs in Bihar this year, as compared to 540 seats last year. This has become possible after consent from the regulator, the Medical Council of India (MCI).
The MCI has granted one-time permission for enhancement of annual intake capacity in undergraduate courses at government medical colleges across the country for the academic session 2013-14.
As per an MCI notification, existing government medical colleges, which enjoy minimum 10 years of standing from the date of grant of initial letter of permission by the Central government, were eligible for the benefit.
The notification said those having an annual intake of 50 seats or more but below 100 MBBS seats were eligible to apply for enhancement of annual intake capacity to 100.
Medical institutions with an annual intake of 100 or more but below 150 MBBS seats were eligible to apply for enhancement of annual intake capacity to 150.
This, the MCI had made it clear, was a “one-time measure” and would be subject to MCI inspection from the following year.
In keeping with the conditions laid down in this notification, five of the seven existing medical colleges of Bihar applied for enhancement of MBBS seats.
While the Patna Medical College Hospital (PMCH) applied for increasing its medicos’ intake from 100 to 150, the Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College Hospital (Bhagalpur), Anugrah Narayan Magadh Medical College (Gaya) and the Sri Krishna Medical College (Muzaffarpur) moved for seat enhancement from 50 to 100 each.
The Darbhanga Medical College Hospital (DMCH) applied for increasing intake from 90 to 100. The MCI nod covered 100 seats each for new medical institutions at Bettiah and Pawapuri.
Confirming the developments, additional secretary, health, RP Ojha said, “We are awaiting letter of permission (LoP), which should come from the MCI any day now”.
The MCI board of governors, he said, was scheduled to meet on Wednesday (July 31). “Unless there is any technical flaw in our application, there is no reason why the intake capacity is not enhanced. However, unless we get the LoP, we will not be able to take admissions on the increased quota”, he explained.
PMCH principal Dr NP Yadav said, “The idea behind the Centre's move is to enhance the intake capacity in existing medical colleges so as to augment human resources in medicine for attaining optimum doctor-population ratio in the nation, without compromising on the prescribed minimum standards of medical education.”