The number of MBBS seats at the government medical colleges in Haryana, including the Rohtak PGIMS, is likely to increase from the existing 600 to 850 from the coming academic session.
As per official sources, the authorities of Pt Bhagwat Dayal Sharma University of Health Sciences (UHS), Rohtak, have sent a consolidated proposal in this regard to the Medical Council of India (MCI) on behalf of all government and government-aided medical colleges of Haryana.The move comes in response to a recent communiqué of the MCI to ensure the implementation of 10 per cent quota for the economically weaker sections (EWS) for admissions to undergraduate seats at medical colleges.
Confirming this to The Tribune here today, the UHS Registrar, Prof H K Aggarwal, said subject to the permission of the MCI authorities, the number of MBBS seats at the Rohtak PGIMS would be increased from 200 to 250 from the coming academic session.Likewise, the number of MBBS seats at BPS Medical College, Khanpur Kalan (Sonepat), is proposed to be increased from 100 to 150, at Kalpana Chawla Medical College, Karnal, from 100 to 150, Shaheed Hassan Khan Mewati Government Medical College at Nalhar in Nuh (Mewat) from 100 to 150 and Maharaja Agrasen Medical College at Agroha in Hisar from 100 to 150.
Of these, Maharaja Agrasen Medical College is a government-aided medical college while all others are government medical colleges.
The medical colleges have sent their individual proposals for increasing the seats directly to the MCI and the UHS authorities have sent a consolidated proposal.
Proposal sent to MCI
Haryana Additional Chief Secretary (Medical Education and Research) Amit Jha told The Tribune on Tuesday that the proposal for increasing the MBBS seats had been sent to the MCI authorities for approval. “This would put a financial burden of Rs 100-150 crore on each college for upgrade of infrastructure, equipment and faculty strength. The MCI has agreed in principle to give us a four-year window for upgrading the infrastructure and appointment of additional faculty,” he stated.