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West Bengal gets five more medical colleges with 650 seats; one awaits MCI nod

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The state will get 650 more medical seats after four new government medical colleges and one private college got the MCI green light to admit students from this academic session.

The four new government-run medical colleges at Diamond Harbour, Cooch Behar, Raiganj and Rampurhat will start with 100 seats each, while the private college — Shri Ramkrishna Institute of Medical Sciences & Sanaka Hospitals, Durgapur — will begin the session with 150 seats.

The Medical council of India has also approved ICARE Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Haldia, to admit 100 students after a gap of three years. The Haldia facility, associated with Laksman Seth, got MCI recognition in 2010, but ran into rough weather three years ago after the MCI found that the college didn’t have adequate infrastructure.

“We have got the letter of permission from MCI to start taking in students for these four new medical colleges along with a new private medical college. We are also expecting to get permission for the Purulia Medical College. If we get permission for that, the number of seats will go up further. This perhaps is the highest jump in MBBS seats in any particular academic year in the state,” said Pradip Mitra, director of medical education.

Currently the state has a total of 18 medical colleges, including 13 government-run, four private and one central government-run institute. The total number of existing MBBS seats — both private and government combined — is 2,600. From this academic session, the number of seats will got up to 3,250 at least.

In 2016, the state government had announced the setting up of five new medical colleges as part of the centrally-sponsored scheme. The state and the centre shared the fund at the ratio of 60:40.

“The 650-bedded Diamond Harbour medical College is ready with the faculty members to take off,” said Dr Debasis Roy chief medical officer (health), Diamond Harbour.

This session may also see implementation of 20% reservation for students from the economically backward section, belonging to the general category. This, however, is a pan-India policy. “CM has been working on increasing the number of seats for a long time. It is good a move as state will produce more doctors,” A K Maity, who was earlier attached with SSKM Hospital.


Source: Times of India

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