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30000 new MBBS seats added in last 6 years; Centre plans additional 10,000

Centre to add 10,000 MBBS seats to the 30,000 MBBS seats already added in last 6 years

The whole country is known to the fact that ‘We lack Doctors’. Due to which central government in 6 years had increased around 30000 MBBS seats for the undergraduate courses. Furthermore, according to the Health Ministry, the government is implementing CSS (Centrally Sponsered Scheme) to 10000 MBBS seats in the existing 539 medical colleges across the country.

CSS (Centrally Sponsered Scheme) are the schemes performed by the states but are fully funded by the government of India. Under CSS, the government also planned to set up 26 more MBBS colleges across the country in the states and union territories like Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Ladakh, and Jammu & Kashmir.

State Minister of Health and Family Welfare Ashwini Kumar Choubey said in the last four years the National Board of Examination has conducted FMGE (Foreign Medical Graduates Examinations) for 61,708 students out of which 8,764 students have qualified the exam.

When asked on this poor performance of students in FMGE, the Minister said: “The medical institutions / Universities of foreign countries admit Indian students without proper assessment or screening of the students’ academic ability to cope up with medical education with the result that many students fail to qualify the FMGE.”

The majority of Indian students go to China, Russian Federation, and Ukraine for studying medical courses as less than 15% of students are able to clear the Medical exam called NEET (National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test).

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