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Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar/New Delhi: In a bid to increase the number of doctors in country for providing better healthcare facilities to the growing population, over 5,800 post-graduate seats have been added this year in medical colleges across the country.

In a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Ashwini Kumar Choubey informed that 13,004 MBBS seats have been added in the last three years to the 479 medical colleges in the country.

A one-time increase in PG seats was permitted this year after the revision of teacher student ratio. In all, over 5,800 PG seats have been added this year as a step to increase the availability of faculty and specialist doctors in the country.

Besides, the government is implementing a centrally-sponsored scheme for the establishment of new medical colleges. The colleges will be attached with district/referral hospitals in 58 under- served districts in 20 states and union territories, said the Minister

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There are other centrally sponsored schemes for increasing under-graduate seats and post-graduate seats in the existing government medical colleges, he added.

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