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Since 2014 medical institutions have grown by 69 with MBBS seats increasing by 94

February 08, 2023

The number of medical colleges in the nation has increased by 69% since 2014, from 387 before 2014 to 654 currently, the government said today in Parliament. Furthermore, the number of MBBS seats has increased by 94%, from 51,348 to 99,763, and the number of postgraduate (PG) seats has increased by 107%, from 31,185 before 2014 to 64,559 now, according to Minister of State for Health Bharati Pravin Pawar in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha.

To boost the number of physicians in the country, the government has increased the number of medical colleges and, as a result, the number of MBBS seats, she added.
The government's efforts to boost the number of medical seats in the country include a centrally-sponsored initiative to construct new medical colleges by renovating district and referral hospitals, according to Pawar, who added that 94 of the 157 new medical schools approved are already operational.
According to the minister, a centrally-sponsored plan for improving or upgrading existing medical institutions managed by the state or the federal government has been adopted to enhance the number of MBBS and PG seats.
She noted that 75 projects have been sanctioned under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) for "upgradation of government medical institutions through building of super speciality blocks," of which 60 are complete.