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Health ministry approves over 4,000 PG seats in medical colleges, hospitals

Central government on Thursday has approved over 4,000 Post Graduate seats in medical colleges and hospitals across the country, Union Health Minister J P Nadda said.

Nadda added that these 4000 seats will take the total number of Post Graduate (PG) seats to 35,117.

“Looking at the need to increase PG seats in clinical subjects, the Government had decided to amend the teacher student ratio in clinical subjects in government medical colleges,” he said.

The minister further added that the move will strengthen tertiary care and improve the medical education in the country.

Terming the decision as an ‘all time record’, Nadda said “This change alone has resulted in the creation of 1,137 extra seats in 71 colleges. Many others out of the total of 212 government colleges are sending their proposals and it is expected that at least 1,000 more seats can be added during March 2017.”

The health ministry is likely to increase more than 1,000 seats during March 2017. “The budget announcement of adding 5,000 PG medical seats in the country is thus likely to be achieved soon,” Nadda further added.

During the budget session, Centre had announced the creation of additional 5,000 seats every year to boost the availability of specialist doctors at secondary and tertiary levels.

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