The Medical Council of India (MCI) increased post-graduate (PG) medical seats in 10 medical colleges in Karnataka by 124 in 2017-18 as part of the government’s decision to add 4,000 plus new seats in PG medical education.
The three biggest beneficiaries are Vijayanagar Institute of Medical Sciences, Ballari, which received approval for 24 new PG seats followed by Bangalore Medical College & Research Institute – 21 seats and Employees State Insurance Corporation Medical College, Bengaluru – 18 seats.
In Febraury, Union Health Minister J P Nadda said 4,193 new PG seats would be added in 2017-18, taking the number of seats for post-graduate medical education to 35,117.
Other colleges where the number of seats went up are Belgaum Institute of Medical Sciences – 5; Government Medical College, Mysuru – 10; Indira Gandhi Institute of Child Health – 10; Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences, Hubballi – 9; Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology, Bengaluru – 2; Mandya Institute of Medical Sciences – 16 and Sanjay Gandhi Institute of Trauma and Orthopaedics – 9.
To increase the number of PG seats, the government changed the teacher-student ratio in post-graduate courses in government medical colleges.
According to the ministry’s plan, more than 2,000 new seats will be created in the medical colleges, whereas the balance 2,100 seats will be in the Diplomate of National Board (DNB) streams that are equivalent to MD, MS courses.
Meanwhile, in the 2017-18 budget, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced creation of 5,000 PG seats to make up for the shortfall of specialist doctors in the country.