The state government is set to start a new medical college in Gondia, 162 km from Nagpur. The new medical college will add 100 more seats to the existing 2,300 medical seats in Maharashtra. Medical Council of India (MCI) is in the process to approve colleges in the city.
After a recent visit to Gondia by an MCI committee, which holds the power of adding or removing the number of medical seats allotted to a medical college, the state medical education department was asked to further improve the infrastructure and increase the number of lecturers in order to get a permit to start the college. Among the improvements, an increase in X-ray machines, better medical equipment and facilities for patients were a few pointers.
In 2015, the MCI had turned down the proposal to open six new medical colleges in Maharashtra in Chandrapur, Gondia, Satara, Alibaug, Baramati and Nandurbar, creating a roadblock in the government’s intention to start one medical college in each district.
Currently, Maharashtra has 14 government-run medical colleges having 2,300 medical seats, along with four colleges run by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation with 550 seats. There is one medical college each in Ambejogai, Aurangabad, Latur, Nanded, Akola, Yavatmal, 2 each in Nagpur, Dhule, Pune, Kolhapur, Miraj, Solapur, and 4 in Mumbai.
Of the over 6,000 medical seats, 1,620 are in private colleges and another 1,675 in Deemed Universities. With 100 medical seats in Gondia, the state government will be able to get bonded candidates for a rural hospital for one year after graduation as a part of one year compulsory internship.
Source: Subodh, City Journalist - Nagpur, CollegeDekho