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Pb: GMCA to add 50 MBBS seats from next session

The number of MBBS seats at Government Medical College, Amritsar (GMCA), will be increased from the existing 150 to 200 from the next academic session.

punjab Updated: Nov 26, 2014 22:16 IST
HT Correspondent

The number of MBBS seats at Government Medical College, Amritsar (GMCA), will be increased from the existing 150 to 200 from the next academic session.

College principal Dr Santokh Singh said, “As per a guideline of the Medical Council of India (MCI), the increase has to be of 100 seats. However, we pleaded our case before the MCI that we did not have the finances for the requisite increase. So, the council agreed with our proposal in principle for adding 50 seats.”

He pointed out that the increase was in accordance with an all-India scheme of the Union ministry of health and family welfare.

“Even for adding 50 seats, we require to upgrade our infrastructure as ours is one of the oldest medical colleges in the country. We will have to build new lecture theatres, as the old ones were built to accommodate only 100 students. We also require more hostels and new laboratories,” he added.

As per a rough estimate, each new seat will cost the college a whopping Rs 1.2 crore. The college is drawing a plan to seek funds under various central schemes of the Union health ministry for the increased seats. Under the plan, the share of the state government will be 30%, while the rest of the expenditure will be borne by the Centre.

“An MCI team is scheduled to visit our college and hospital shortly for taking stock of the facilities here,” the principal said.