The Government Medical Colleges of Jammu and Kashmir are going to have 150 more MBBS seats with the Centerís nod.


Last Updated: 2013-07-10T15:24:38+05:30

J&K Government Medical Colleges to Get 150 more MBBS Seats

Srinagar: The Central Government has come with good news for the students seeking admissions to the government medical colleges in Jammu and Kashmir, as it has agreed to increase the intake capacity of its three government-run medical colleges in the state by 50 seats each. This move of the Centre has been taken in order to improve the healthcare in the state.
 
In a statement, on Wednesday, an official said, the Centre has accepted the proposal to increase the intake capacity of medical colleges. The intake capacity of government medical colleges of Srinagar and Jammu has been increased from 100 to 150 and that of SKIMS Medical College, Bemina from 50 to 100. He also added with this, a total of 150 seats have been added to these colleges with effect from this year’s academic session.
 
Furthermore, he informed that the hike in the intake capacity of these colleges had become necessary as the state is facing a shortage of qualified medicos due to the expansion of health infrastructure, more so in rural and hilly areas, and the state government had proposed to increase the seats. Also the intake capacity of the colleges was fixed some 40 years ago after which it has not been reviewed.
 
As per sources, Minister for Medical Education, Youth Services & Sports, Taj Mohi ud Din, immediately after taking over, had proposed to increase the seats in medical colleges of the State to meet the demand of qualified medicos. The State Government took the proposal to Centre with all seriousness to get it approved. Union minister for health and family welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad, who is also well versed with the growing demand of medical professionals in Jammu and Kashmir, also pushed for the same and after many decades the seats of medical colleges in the state were increased from 250 to 400 on Tuesday.
- By Iti Agarwal
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