After initial denial of permission for increasing 50 MBBS seats, the Medical Council of India has finally given the nod in this regard to Government Medical College, Patiala.
The decision was announced by the union health ministry in New Delhi on Tuesday.
The college can now admit 200 MBBS students in the course instead of 150. With this, the state now has 1,070 MBBS seats.
The decision regarding the increase of 50 MBBS seats at the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh, was also formally announced on Tuesday. Now the college can admit 100 students instead of 50. This college was also earlier denied permission for addition of seats by the MCI.
During the earlier inspection of the Patiala college and Dayanand Medical College (DMC), Ludhiana, there were issues related to the number of senior resident doctors, which was not adequate in Punjab’s colleges. Similarly, infrastructure such as classrooms and auditoria (their size) were also common issues with state medical colleges which the MCI pointed out in its report.
Last week, the MCI had allowed 50 MBBS seats each to Sri Guru Ram Das Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Amritsar, and Guru Gobind Singh Medical College, Faridkot.