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MCI green signal for extra 450 undergraduate medical seats

Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's attempt to produce more doctors in the state and thereby, addressing the crisis of doctors at the state-run hospitals and medical colleges will soon take shape as the Medical Council of India is all set to increase around 450 more undergraduate medical seats in the state this academic year.
After becoming the Chief Minister, Banerjee took a pledge to revamp the overall health infrastructure in the state.
Many superspecialty hospitals were inaugurated by the Mamata Banerjee government and this led to the vacancies of doctors.
Chief Minister also said the state government was committed to create more MBBS seats. She also announced an increase in the MBBS seats in the state, which have
finally got approval from the highest regulating body, the Medical Council of India. In past three years, there was no increase in the undergraduate medical seats in the state. State government has brought a significant change in health education in the state.
After coming to power, Banerjee not only stressed on the development of heath infrastructure at various hospitals but also on medical education, particularly by increasing the number of medical and dental seats in the state. According to the sources, the present government has increased the combined number of MBBS and BDS seats from 2,205 to 3,750,
while the numbers of post-graduate medical seats have increased from 880 to 1,297. The numbers of post-doctoral seats have also increased to 147 from 107.
The MCI has recommended the Centre for the permission of around 450 new undergraduate medical seats in the state from the current academic year. Out of the total seats, Calcutta National Medical College and Hospital (CNMCH) has bagged 50 more seats. Midnapore Medical College and Hospital and North Bengal Medical College each have got 50 more seats.
IQ City Medical College will be allowed to admit candidates in 150 MBBS seats this year.
Jagannath Gupta Institute of Medical Sciences & Hospital, a new hospital that has come up in the city will be able to take candidates in 150 seats. The MCI recommends the Center to renew the permission for admission of third Batch of MBBS students against the increased intake i.e. from 150-200 at Calcutta National Medical College, Kolkata.
It recommends the Center to renew the permission for admission of third Batch of MBBS students against the increased intake i.e. from 100-150 at Midnapore Medical College, Midnapore.
MCI decided to recommend the Central Government to issue a Letter of Permission for establishment of new me dical college, Jagannath Gupta Institute of Medical Sciences & Hospital in Kolkata with an annual intake of 150 MBBS students.
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