In New Delhi, India, there are a total of 80,448 medical seats available. There are a little more than half the number of postgraduate seats than MBBS seats, i.e. 40,408 seats in the country. Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Health and Family Welfare shared this information.
The Minister also stated that the increase of MBBS and PG seats solely depends on the available amount of faculty and infrastructure according to the prevailing regulations of MCI. Dr. Harsh Vardhan said that among the various steps taken by the government to increase seats, are establishment of new medical colleges attached to district hospitals. The State Government/Central Government medical colleges have been upgraded and the maximum intake capacity at MBBS level has been increased from 150 to 250.
Some relaxation norms have been set by the government for setting up medical colleges in terms of staff, bed strength, and other infrastructure. To increase the number of PG medical seats, the ratio of teachers to students has also been revised.
The Minister of State of Health and Family Welfare, Ashwini Kumar, had informed the Lok Sabha of India that a total of 533 medical colleges offer MBBS courses in the country. Out of the 533 colleges 261 medical colleges are under private management.