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Bihar increases seats in all six medical colleges

Amidst the nation-wide anti-quota agitation, the Bihar Govt has decided to increase seats in all six medical colleges of the state.

india Updated: May 30, 2006 15:54 IST

Amidst a nation-wide agitation over the Centre's move to increase quotas for OBCs in institutes of higher learning, the Bihar government has decided to increase seats in all six medical colleges of the state and also set up new ones.

"The state government has decided in principle to increase seats in six medical colleges of the state and also build new colleges," Chief Minister Nitish Kumar told reporters.

He said the cabinet has approved the proposal to build a medical college in Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (IGIMS) hospital.

Lamenting that many seats in the state's medical colleges remained vacant in the past, the Chief Minister said he would ensure that those were filled on a regular basis in future.

State Health Minister Chandra Mohan Rai saidthat the state government has given no objection certificates (nocs) to the six medical colleges for increasing seats and a letter will be sent soon to the medical council of india in this regard.

Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) (Patna), Nalanda Medical College and Hospital (NMCH) (Patna), Shri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH) (Muzaffarpur), Darbhanga Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) (Darbhanga), Anugrah Narain Medical College and Hospital (ANMCH) (Gaya) and Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and Hospital (Bhagalpur) are the six state-run medical institutions of Bihar.

The Health Minister said, according to the plan, the capacity of PMCH will be increased from existing 100 seats to 200, while in five other colleges the seats would be increased by 50 from its existing capacity.

First Published: May 30, 2006 15:54 IST