PRESS RELEASE OF MOHFW ON 15.03.2013"shri Azad said a series of reforms in medical education have been undertaken to overcome the acute shortage of human resources in health at various levels.The number of MBBS seats has increased by 46% and PG seats by 70% in the last five years. The availability of MBBS seats has gone up from 33,567 to 45,629 and the number of PG seats increased from 13,838 to 22,850. 72 new medical colleges, including six AIIMS, were established raising the number from 290 to 362. The Medical Colleges at the six new AIIMS have started functioning with admission of 50 students each in September, 2012. Another important initiative has been the launch of the single entrance test in the name of National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to UG and PG medical courses being conducted from the academic year 2013-14 to save the students from hardships faced in appearing in multiple entrance exams across the country and bring uniformity in the standards of admission to the medical course to promote merit.Several other proposals are being considered by the Ministry to give a fillip to the medical education sector, especially increasing the intake of MBBS students, during the 12th Five Year Plan, beginning this year. These include further relaxation in infrastructure requirements for establishment of new medical colleges, formulating guidelines for allowing district hospitals to be used for establishing medical colleges on PPP mode,increase in intake capacity from 50 or 100 seats to 100 or 150 seats respectively at UG level on completion of 10 years, compulsory posting of 1 year for medical graduates at primary health centres and postgraduates at community health centres as part of their internship periods. "
Talking about PGIMER, Chandigarh, he said the Institute has contributeda lot to the national effort of adding skilled human resource in health. To enable the Institute to continue to impart state of the art knowledge and skills and undertake research, Rs. 635 crores has been allocated this year. In-principle approval has been given to the Institute to develop a 300 bed satellite centre of PGIMER at Sangrur in Punjab in collaboration with the Tata Memorial Centre. Environment clearance for the proposed 250 bed hospital has been obtained, Shri Azad added
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