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NEET: MBBS admission will be easy, 1000 seats will increase in this state, 10 new medical colleges will open, Education News

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10 new medical colleges will open in Maharashtra in the upcoming academic session 2024-25. This will add 1000 new MBBS seats in the state. The state government has sanctioned 2,440 teaching and 2,040 non-teaching posts for 10 new medical colleges in the state. With this approval, the way has been cleared for adding 1,000 medical seats from the coming academic year. With the addition of 430 beds each in 10 medical colleges, the number of patient capacity in the state’s public hospitals will increase to 4,300 beds.

There is one government medical college each in 23 out of 36 districts of Maharashtra. In July last year, the state government had approved the establishment of 10 additional government medical colleges in 10 districts at a cost of Rs 4,366 crore. The new medical colleges will be located in the districts of Gadchiroli, Bhandara, Buldhana, Washim, Wardha, Amravati, Jalna, Hingoli, Thane and Palghar.

Last year, in a government resolution (GR) regarding teaching and non-teaching posts issued for these colleges, it was said, “According to the guidelines of the World Health Organization (WHO), it is mandatory to have one doctor for 1000 people. The state government has decided to consider these rules. It has been decided to overcome the shortage of doctors in the state and ensure timely access to health services by establishing 10 new colleges.

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“The state government is planning to open these colleges from the coming academic year,” said a senior official of the Medical Education and Research Directorate. “This is the first step towards National Medical Council (NMC) approval,” he said.

Academics and parents of students appearing for medical entrance exams are also hopeful that the colleges will start during the upcoming academic year. Medical admission counselor Sudha Shenoy said, “We have been waiting for new seats for a very long time. Government is creating posts of teaching and non teaching staff but no one is paying attention to the basic facilities which should be required for NMC approval. If the government is planning to provide new seats from this academic year itself, then they need to act fast, otherwise it will remain on paper like last year.

The government had proposed the construction of 12 medical colleges when it presented the state budget in 2023. Even before this, the government had on several occasions proposed to set up medical colleges in Thane and Palghar districts, but it remained only on paper. The government has also approved 448 posts for each new medical college at an estimated cost of Rs 312.20 crore.