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MCI approves 400 new MBBS seats to Maharashtra Medical Colleges

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MCI approves 400 new MBBS seats
Medical Council of India (MCI) has approved 400 new MBBS seats to eight Maharashtra Medical colleges.

Each medical college will get 50 additional MBBS seats.

There were 1,560 seats in government colleges. By adding 400 new seats, the number will go up by 1,960.

"Two colleges -one in Akola and the other in Nagpur-were not given permission for technical and qualifying reasons," said Dr K S Sharma, director (academics), Tata Memorial Centre and also a member of the board of governors of MCI.

Medical education minister Vijaykumar Gavit made an announcement about the additional seats in the Assembly on Wednesday.

The government will have to fulfil all the norms prescribed to run these colleges with the enhanced intake capacity. If it fails to do so within a year, the sanction might be revoked, said an official from the Directorate of Medical Education and Research.

While the government has the necessary infrastructure, it needs to fill up vacant faculty posts. "As many as 450 of the total 2,100 posts are vacant. We will fill up the posts within three months," said an official.

Government medical colleges have not increased their seats since the time they have been set up, said an official from the DMER.

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