Vikash Sharma

Apart from engineering and other streams, scores of students are keen to take up medical education every year in the country. But do you know how many MBBS and PG seats are available in Indian medical colleges?

At present, there are a total of 96,077 MBBS seats available in the country. Out of this, 51,712 seats are in Government Medical Colleges and 44365 in Private Medical Colleges. Similarly, there are 49,790 PG seats of National Medical Commission (NMC) available in the country, out of which 30,384 in Government Medical Colleges and 19,406 in Private Medical Colleges, PIB reported on Tuesday.

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha, Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Bharati Pravin Pawar said there are also 12,648 Diplomate of National Board (DNB) / Fellowship of National Board (FNB) PG seats, out of which 4185 in Government institutions and 8463 in Private institutions.

In addition, 1621 PG seats are in College of Physicians and Surgeons (CPS).

Under the Central sector scheme for setting up of new AIIMS, 22 AIIMS have been approved. Similarly, undergraduate courses have started in 19 of these institutions.

“There is an increase of 67% in Medical Colleges from 387 before 2014 to 648 as of now. Further, there is an increase of 87% in MBBS seats from 51348 before 2014 to 96077 as of now and increase of 105% in PG seats from 31185 before 2014 to 64059 as of now,” PIB added.