As per government, there has been a 75% rise in UG medical seats and a 93% increase in PG medical seats since 2014
The number of undergraduate medical seats in the nation has increased by 75% since 2014, from 51,348 before 2014 to 89,875 currently, the government announced on Tuesday, adding that post-graduate seats have increased by 93% over the same period.
Indian students who study MBBS overseas and gain foreign medical degrees must pass the Foreign Medical Graduate Examination in order to be recognised as a medical practitioner in India, according to Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya in response to a written question in Rajya Sabha. According to the minister, the government has taken many initiatives to boost the availability of doctors in the country.
NEW MEDICAL Colleges
A government-funded programme for the development of new medical colleges by upgrading district/referral hospitals, under which 157 new medical colleges have been approved and 71 are already operational, is one of the steps taken to enhance the number of medical seats.
It also comprises a centrally funded project to reinforce or upgrade existing state or central government medical institutions in order to boost MBBS and PG seats, as well as a central sector scheme to upgrade government medical colleges through the building of super speciality blocks.
A total of 75 projects have been approved, with 55 having been completed. 22 AIIMS have been approved under the central sector initiative for the establishment of new AIIMS. Mandaviya stated that undergraduate classes had begun in 19 of them.