New Delhi : The Medical Council of India (MCI) has opened up at least 2,000 to 3,000 additional postgraduate seats in the private medical colleges by tweaking the teacher-student ratio but it has run into the difficulty of enforcing it from the coming academic session as desired by the Health Ministry.
It has relaxed the teaching norms in the private medical colleges, increasing the number of students that a professor can supervise from three to two and an associate professor from one to two. This rationalisation principle is already in vogue in case of the government medical colleges.
The newly notified PG Medical Education Regulation of the MCI, however, says the new norms will be applicable only to those private colleges that have been running the PG courses for the past ten years.
India faced an acute shortage of specialists with postgraduate qualifications. As against 60,845 MBBS seats in the government and private medical colleges, there are only 20,000 PG seats.
Since the MCI notification came just before April 7, the last date to apply for additional PG seats, the Health Ministry has asked it to allow at least a month to the institutions to apply for the additional seats to ensure they are added in the 2019 session. Dr B Siwach, chairman of the MCI’s PG Education Committee, said the schedule for the PG seats has been fixed by the Supreme Court and hence the ministry would have to approach it for relaxation in the coming academic session.