Faggan Singh Kulaste, Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare announced on Saturday, September 24 that 10,000 medical seats will be added to medical colleges in 2017 that will be allotted on the basis of NEET exam score.
The minister spoke at the second healthcare summit held in Rajasthan and said that 58 recognized Indian medical colleges will also be upgraded and reviewed till the academic session 2017 commences.
He also spoke about the initiatives that have being started to improve the medical facilities provided to people and said that the ministry is taking necessary steps to improve the quality of medical and health services with the help of IT.
Last week on Thursday, September 22, the Supreme Court had called off the counseling for admissions in private medical colleges in Madhya Pradesh.
The court ruled that there should be a centralized counseling process. The state government has been given one week’s time to wrap up the counseling process for both private and government medical colleges.
The court also said that two representatives from private medical colleges must be present at the time of the centralized counseling round.
The decision came after the Madhya Pradesh government had filed a petition saying that the private medical colleges in the state have been refusing to take students even though they were eligible for admission as per the NEET scores. The petition also stated that the private medical colleges were going ahead with their own counseling procedure for admissions.
HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said that he is in favor of the order passed by the Supreme Court regarding NEET admission. He also said that the orders for medical counseling in Maharashtra and other states will be announced soon.