Southern states are still the frontrunners when it comes to establishing medical colleges.
The latest data with the Medical Council of India (MCI) reveals that among the total number of proposals received for establishing medical colleges, maximum were from Andhra Pradesh, followed by Tamil Nadu for this academic year.
According to the regulatory body, among the total 77 applications for setting up medical colleges and 51 proposals for increase of seats in existing colleges, maximum applications, 16 of them, were received from Andhra Pradesh (AP) alone.
Out of the 128 proposals, 20 for setting up new medical colleges and 24 for increase of seats in existing medical colleges have been approved.
The MCI approved three new medical colleges in AP, followed by three in Gujarat, two each in Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, and one each in Assam, Bihar, Delhi, Haryana, Orissa and West Bengal.
Among the total applications for increase of intake capacity of MBBS seats, maximum applications were again from AP. Out of the 15 proposals received from AP, the MCI cleared five, followed by four for Maharashtra and three each for Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.
At present there are 355 medical colleges in the country, out of which 161 are in government sector and 194 in private sector.
Maximum government medical colleges are in Tamil Nadu (19) followed by AP (14), Karnataka (11). The southern states also lead the list when it comes to the number of private medical colleges as Karnataka tops with 43, followed by 42 in Tamil Nadu and 40 in Andhra Pradesh.
source : deccanchronicle