MBBS seats now to increase by 10000
Apratim Chatterjee, 10 Jan 2014

The Indian Government has agreed upon the proposal sent by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW) to increase the MBBS seats by 10000 across the country. The Government will be upgrading the existing state and central government medical colleges to increase the seats.

The proposal was sent by MOHFW to the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA). The proposal requested the committee for upgradation of existing central and state government medical colleges to increase the MBBS seats.

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The committee has approved the Rs. 10000 crore proposal of the ministry with the view that it will help in reducing the doctor-patient ratio in the country. The Centre will be providing a financial assistance of Rs 7500 crore and States/Union Territories

Moreover the funding pattern under the scheme will be 70:30 by the Central and State Governments respectively and that in case of North Eastern states and other special category states will be 90:10.

The Cabinet approved the proposal as it aimed at increasing the number of seat to produce the quality doctors in the country. There is an acute shortage of doctors in our country and the step aims at bringing down the doctor patient ratio which is currently 1:2000 and need to be brought down to 1:1000.

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