Last updated time: 15 March 2023, 09:12 IST
UP government data shows 67 percent increase in number of medical colleges in the state (Representative image)
UP Department of Medical Education also announced that 13 newly launched medical colleges will start their first session from the academic year 2023-24.
The Uttar Pradesh Medical Education Department has announced that the state will add 1,300 MBBS seats in the state’s government medical colleges. Adding these seats takes up to 5,128 available openings for MBBS courses in Uttar Pradesh. The department also announced that 13 newly launched medical colleges will start their first session from the academic year 2023-24. The department’s statement also said that principals have been appointed for these 13 medical colleges, a leading news daily reported.
They predict that the move will improve the state’s health care system, provide affordable health services, and improve education and career opportunities for young people.
UP government data shows a 67 percent increase in the number of medical colleges in the state. The number of seats in MBBS has increased by 87 per cent, while PG seats have gone up by 105 per cent. Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Bharati Praveen Pawar had given these figures in December last year.
Uttar Pradesh now has 35 government medical colleges and a total of 65 such institutes. Fourteen of these colleges were established last year. They came into being when the government upgraded the infrastructure in the district hospitals and converted them into colleges. According to a media report cited by The Print, UP had only 12 government medical colleges till 2017.
In the budget introduced by the UP government last year, it allocated Rs 500 crore to increase MBBS and PG medical seats. An additional Rs 2,100 crore has been allocated for new medical colleges in 14 districts including Bijnor, Gonda, Kushinagar and Sultanpur. Establishment of a new nursing college received a share of Rs.25 crore.
Admissions to all these colleges and places are managed by the Directorate of Medical Education and Training (DMET), Uttar Pradesh. DMET advises UP National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for MBBS and BDS admissions based on NEET scores. UP MBBS 2023 admission is given to candidates below 85 percent state quota seats offered by 32 medical and 23 dental colleges.
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