Centre Gives Nod for 600 more: 1,450 MBBS seats to be added in Tamil Nadu this academic year
Chennai: In a major milestone for medical education in Tamil Nadu, the State has received the Central Government's nod for adding another 600 MBBS seats to the State and thereby taking the total number of MBBS seats of the State to 9,100. These seats would be added to four of the eleven newly established medical colleges.
The confirmation regarding this has come after the State Heath Minister Ma Subramanian in a statement on Thursday evening said the Union health ministry has approved 150 new seats in the four new government medical colleges at Krishnagiri, Dindigul, Nagapattinam, and Ariyalur.
Earlier, 850 MBBS seats were approved and with these 600 seats the total number of new seats in the government medical colleges of the state would touch 1,450, the minister said.
Before these newly constituted eleven medical colleges, the State had a total number of 52 medical colleges, including 26 run by the Government. The data revealed by the MoS Health Dr. Bharati Pravin Pawar clarified that the State had a total number of 3650 MBBS seats in the Government Medical Colleges and after the Centre's nod for additional 1,450 MBBS seats, the total number of Government medical seats in the State has crossed the 5000 benchmark.
Medical Dialogues had earlier reported that the Central Government had given its nod to add 850 MBBS seats to Tamil Nadu in seven out of eleven newly constituted medical colleges. At that time, the newly established medical colleges in Virudhunagar, Kallakurichi, and Ooty had received the nod from Union Government to admit 150 MBBS students each. Apart from these, the medical colleges in Namakkal, Tiruvallur, Tirupur, and Ramanathapuram had been granted to fill 100 MBBS seats in each of these colleges.
However, taking note of the inspection report of the NMC team, the Centre had also asked the State for upgrading the infrastructure, mostly civil works in many medical colleges. Later, the State Health Minister had confirmed that after rectifying all the minor deficiencies, the state would seek Centre's nod for another 800 MBBS seats including 600 seats in the four medical colleges in Nagapattinam, Ariyalur, Dindigul, and Krishnagiri.
Recently, the NMC team conducted a virtual inspection for these four medical colleges, which were denied for admitting MBBS students previously. Apart from this, the State had also requested for 50 additional seats in Namakkal, Tirupur, Tiruvallur and Ramanathapuram.
Now, the Central Government has permitted the State for 600 more MBBS seats as Tamil Nadu state Health Minister Ma Subramanian in a statement on Thursday evening said the Union health ministry has approved 150 new seats in the four new government medical colleges at Krishnagiri, Dindigul, Nagapattinam, and Ariyalur, adds IANS.
He said the state medical education director had visited Delhi three times in the past 15 days to appraise the inspection team on the rectification of these minor deficiencies.
The Centre's approval comes after the recent Delhi visit of the Tamil Nadu Health Minister Ma Subramanian, who met the Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Wednesday.
While commenting on the matter, Health Minister Subramanian told IANS, "We have now got approval for 1,450 MBBS seats in this academic year and are expecting an additional 100 seats in Coimbatore medical college where there are 150 seats already. We expect the approval this year itself. There are now 9,100 MBBS seats in the state of Tamil Nadu, including in government colleges, self-financing colleges, and deemed universities."
"Although the state has applied for 200 more seats in Namakkal, Tiruvallur, Tiruppur and Ramanathapuram, the state may not get it this year," the Health Minister told TOI.