Medical Education: 75 percent increase in UG seats, 93 percent increase in PG courses in seven years.
Medical Seats Increased: According to the government data, since 2014, the number of seats for UG medical courses in the country has increased by about 75 percent, while the seats for PG courses have increased by 93 percent.
In the last seven years, many revolutionary changes have taken place in the medical education sector in the country. According to government data, since 2014, the number of seats for UG medical courses in the country has increased by about 75 percent, while that of PG courses has increased by 93 percent. This is an achievement.
In response to a written question by the Central Government on Tuesday, it was told in the Rajya Sabha that the number of undergraduate medical seats was 51,348 before 2014, which has now increased to 89,875. While the number of UG seats has increased by 75 percent, and the number of postgraduate seats has increased by 93 percent during the same period. The number of post-graduate seats was 31,185 before 2014, which has now increased to 60,202.
Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya informed that Indian students who go abroad to pursue MBBS and obtain foreign medical qualifications, have to qualify for FMGE i.e. Foreign Medical Graduate Exam to register as a doctor in India.
157 new medical colleges sanctioned
The Minister said that the government has taken several steps to further increase the availability of doctors in the country. Mandaviya said that steps have been taken to establish new medical colleges by upgrading district/referral hospitals to increase the number of seats.
Under the scheme of the Central Government, 157 new medical colleges have been sanctioned and 71 are already functional. These also include a central scheme for the strengthening or advancement of existing state government or central government medical colleges to increase MBBS and PG seats and a central sector scheme for the advancement of government medical colleges by the creation of super specialty blocks.
75 projects approved, 55 completed
Mandaviya said that a total of 75 projects have been approved and 55 have been completed. Under the schemes of the Central Government, 22 AIIMS have been approved for setting up new AIIMS. Undergraduate courses have already started in 19 of them. Also, for the rapid increase in the number of allied medical seats in the country, the government has enacted the National Commission for Allied and Health Care Professions (NCAHP) Act, 2021.