Proposal to increase MBBS seats approved
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved the proposal of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare relating to the centrally sponsored scheme for up-gradation of existing State Government or Central Government medical colleges to increase the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) seats in the country.
This will result in the increase of about 10,000 seats at a total cost of Rs.10,000 crore, with a proposed central assistance share of Rs.7,500 crore and State or Union Territory share of Rs.2,500 crore.
"The funding pattern will be 90:10 by Central and State Governments respectively for North Eastern States and special category States and in the ratio of 70:30 for other States," the government said in a statement.
The total cost of one MBBS seat is approximately Rs.1.20 crore.
(Posted on 09-01-2014)