Over 19 colleges in Maharashtra to surrender 275 diploma seats to be surrendered in lieu of PG three-year MD or MS seats for this academic year of 2019-20, as announced by the Board of Governors (BOG) of the Medical Council of India (MCI) through issuing a formal notification.
According to the recent announcement, 2120 seats in these colleges across the country will be surrendered for converting diploma seats to degree seats.
Colleges in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu are among the majority in converting diploma seats in degree seats with 470 and 461 seats respectively.
The Medical colleges with the number of their surrendered seats are as follows:
- Grant Medical College, Byculla- 33 seats
- JJ Group of Hospitals, Byculla- 33 seats
- GS Medical College, Parel- 30 seats
- King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, Parel- 30 seats
- BJ Medical College, Pune- 27 seats
- Mahatma Gandhi Memorial College, Navi Mumbai- 10 seats
- Mahatma Gandhi Memorial College, Wardha- 15 seats
- Government Medical College, Nagpur- 30 seats
“The BOG considered the matter with regard to increase of seats in PG degree courses in lieu of the surrender
of PG diploma seats, along with a request from the central government as well as the recommendations of an expert committee,” said the circular.
The Circular also stated that before converting the seats the institutes have to first seek permission from their respective affiliated university. The state- PG Medical Institutes are awaiting the approval from MCI before seeking approval from the respective affiliated university.
“Once we have the MCI approval, the university should not take much time to clear the approval. This will help us introduce new seats in the ongoing admission process,” said a spokesperson for a Pune-based medical institute.