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Over 2,000 Seats Vacant in Medical Colleges, Lack of Infra & Qualified Faculty Prime Reasons
This year, a total number of 2,078 medical seats are vacant in 83 medical colleges across the country. There are 417 government and private medical colleges in the country out of which 83 colleges recorded less number of admissions. Last year, only 28 seats were vacant, and it has increased to 2,078 this year.
According to the information provided by Medical Council of India (MCI), out of 58,826 medical seats, 56,748 seats have been filled leaving 2,078 seats vacant. Out of 83 colleges, four medical colleges did not record even 15% of the sanctioned admissions. For instance, only 20 students enrolled at the Ruxmaniben Deepchand Gardi Medical College, Madhya Pradesh. Similarly, Glocal Medical College, Uttar Pradesh recorded 21 admissions. Around 130 seats are vacant in both the colleges. The total intake of these colleges is 150.
An Oversight Committee (OC) appointed by Supreme Court sanctioned medical seats to new colleges which did not record even half of the admissions. One of the officials was of the opinion that OC should have granted medical seats to the quality colleges instead of setting up inferior institutions. Most of the new medical college sanctioned by OC lack basic facilities. Some of the colleges even violated OC’s rule by not posting the list of students on their official websites. Some colleges did not submit admission details too.
There is a competition for medical seats in the country. For instance, a total number of six students are competing for one medical seat on an average. However, most of the students are rejecting medical seats in various colleges as they do not possess required infrastructure and quality faculty.
MCI issued a strict order to all the medical colleges stating that even if the colleges have less than 20 students, they need to maintain faculty requirements. If any college fails to oblige to do so, they could lose their permit to operate.
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