CHENNAI: The state directorate of medical education has asked the Medical Council of India for permission to add at least 250 more undergraduate medical seats at the three existing government colleges in Madurai, Tirunelveli and Chengalpet.
If the state gets the sanction, the number of seats in the colleges at Madurai and Tirunelveli will go up to 250 each, from 150 each, and the number of seats in Chengalpet will go up to 150, from 100, and the total number of seats will go up to 3,150 in the public colleges. As of now, only the Madras Medical College and the Stanley Medical College, in Chennai, have 250 seats. “We are hoping to add these seats for the 2018 batch,” said director of medical education Dr A Edwin Joe.
The directorate is also finalising dates to lay the foundation stone for a new medical college in Karur by year-end, he said. The medical college is expected to admit students by 2019, he said.
Tamil Nadu has 23 state-run medical colleges – one of the largest groups of such colleges in the country – but 14 of the state’s 32 districts are yet to have a medical college. While there are four medical colleges in Chennai, Coimbatore has a medical college and an ESIC college run by the state government. “We do want to have at least one medical college in every district but at the same time, we also want to strengthen many medical colleges so we can have more postgraduate and super speciality courses. Every year, we have managed to get at least 100 additional MBBS seats,” said Dr Joe.
As of now, the state has 2,900 seats in 22 government colleges. Of these, it has given 434 seats to the directorate general of health services for admitting students through the all-India quota. When the state began admissions this year, there were 33 medical colleges, including seven private medical college, offering 3,534 MBBS seats. Besides, there were 1,300 seats in 10 self-financing medical colleges affilated to the Tamil Nadu Dr MGR Medical University.
At least four more private medical colleges have applied for permission to start colleges after they were denied permission last year, officials said.