Medical Colleges in Karnataka to get 1000 more seats from next year
Medical seat aspirants now have reason to smile. If all goes well, then the total number of medical seats available in the state will be increased from the present 3,218 to 4,298.
Karnataka Government has given its nod to proposals from nine medical colleges in the state to raise the number of MBBS seats by a total of 930. Medical Education Minister S A Ramadass said the colleges are both government and private. He said Medical Council of India had been approached for its permission in this regard. At present, the total number of seats in the college stood at 3218, he added. Two government medical colleges — Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute — will add 150 seats next year and 100 more for Bellary-based Vijayanagara Institute of Medical Sciences.
"I have issued essentiality certificates to increase intake by 930 seats so far. Even in case of deemed universities, we have asked them to surrender 25% seats for government quota," said S A Ramadas . The Medical Council of India will take a final call. Other institutions where an increase has been recommended include Rajarajeshwari Medical College, Bangalore (150); K S Hedge Medical Academy, Mangalore (50); Srinivasa Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, Suratkal (150); Yenepoya Medical College, Mangalore (100); Navodaya Medical College, Raichur (100); Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences, Bangalore (80); Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Belgaum (50).
Currently, Karnataka has 10 government colleges with a combined intake of 1,100. In all, there are 39 institutions offering a total of 4,855 MBBS seats. The minister said that adequate measures are being taken to improve the infrastructure in medical colleges by allocating Rs. 47 crore to government colleges. “Like medical, we are also considering to increase the intake in dental seats. We will take the initiative in this regard too and submit a recommendation to the Dental Council of India,” he said. The medical education minister said that after assuming power he had ordered the governing councils of medical colleges to conduct meetings once in every four months and clear all pending files.