Saturday, March 06, 2010

PG seats in medicine increased to 3,791

In a bid to address the growing shortage of doctors in India, the Centre has okayed an additional 3,791 post-graduate (PG) seats in medical colleges from the coming academic year. India needs at least 50,000 medical graduates and 18,000 post-graduates every year to meet the health needs of its 1.17 billion people. But it has only 35,202 medical college seats at the graduate level and 13,503 at the PG level. Currently, it has one doctor for every 2,800 people, while the recommended ratio of the World Health Organisation (WHO) is one doctor for every 1,500 people.

Graduate level seats, however, can't be increased until there are enough post-graduates and specialists to teach the doctors of tomorrow. With this decision, the number of PG seats goes up to 17,294. "An increase in the number of PG doctors will have a multiplier effect and increase the number of teachers. Once we have more PG specialists to teach medical students, MBBS seats can be rapidly expanded," said Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad.
These PG seats will be in addition to the 188 PG seats at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and another 220 at PGI Chandigarh, which are earmarked separately.

The Medical Council of India (MCI) regulates 300 medical colleges in India, of which the government runs 143. "A programme for the upgradation of state government medical colleges though central assistance of Rs. 1,350 crore (Rs. 13.5 billion) has also been approved," said Azad.

"Changing the professor-student ratio from 1:1 to 1: 2 has added 2,723 seats because one professor can now guide two post-graduate students," said Dr. Ketan Desai, President, MCI. Also adding to the number was the rationalization of a section in the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Act, under which any institution ­ government or private ­ can now apply to start new medical courses or increase seats. "All the seats increased because of the change in the professor-student ratio being allowed in government medical colleges," said Dr. Desai. The MCI submitted its recommendations to the Health Ministry on March 2, following which the ministry will issue a final order by March 31.

Source: Hindustan Times, March 4, 2010

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