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Parliament Panel Proposes Surge in Medical Seats

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New Delhi: There is an immediate need for a significant increase in undergraduate and postgraduate medical seats, according to a parliamentary committee. This request is made in response to the current seat shortage, where demand is far higher than supply. In its 157th report, “Quality of Medical Education in India,” the Department-affiliated Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health and Family Welfare states that the situation necessitates immediate attention.

The committee stated, “With an annual influx of approximately 2 million aspiring medical students at the undergraduate level and only 1/20th of available seats, the demand far exceeds the supply. Similarly, the number of available seats at the postgraduate level is far less than the demand.”

The committee underscored the significance of upholding the highest caliber of medical education in the face of the seat shortage, acknowledging the urgency of the situation. It recommended making better use of the current infrastructure in order to accommodate more students without sacrificing the caliber of instruction.

Implementing a uniform national entrance exam was one of the main recommendations made to expedite the admissions process and guarantee equity and openness in seat distribution.

The committee accepted the August 16, 2023, publication of the comprehensive Minimum Standards Regulations (UG-MSR). The committee’s review revealed a number of issues with the regulations pertaining to the creation of new medical colleges and gaining authorization to increase the number of undergraduate seats.

An increase of 50, 100, and 150 MBBS seats will be approved for the 2024–2025 academic year.

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