Increased MBBS seats to be filled from this academic session

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, July 31: The recently enhanced intake capacity of the State run medical colleges in the State would be made operational from this academic session.
Minister for Medical Education, Youth Services & Sports, Taj Mohi-ud-Din, who had pursued the enhancement of seats in the J&K medical colleges in view of the increased demand of medicos, today directed the J&K Board of Professional Entrance Examination (BOPEE) to include 150 MBBS seats also which were increased by the Medical Council of India (MCI) recently.
This follows a letter of confirmation of seats’ increase in the state run medical colleges of J&K from the Board of Governors of MCI received today. Immediately, the Minister directed the BOPEE to make necessary arrangements to include these seats also while framing the merit lists of the entrance test for which the students appeared last week only and not let the seats go lapsed.
The swiftness of the Government and prompt action by the Minister to get the increased seats utilised from the current session has brought hope and happiness to the student community.
The hike in the intake capacity of these colleges had become necessary as the State is facing a shortage of qualified medicos due to the expansion of health infrastructure, more so in rural and hilly areas. Also the intake capacity of the GMCs was fixed some 40 years ago after which it was never reviewed.
Taj Mohi-ud-Din had proposed to increase the seats in medical colleges of the State to meet the demand of qualified medicos. The State Government took the proposal to Centre and Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Ghulam Nabi Azad also pushed for the same and today after many decades the seats of medical colleges in the State were increased from 250 to 400 and it would have effect from current year only.


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