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April 06, 2018 Friday 10:10:28 AM IST

All Medical Colleges should have PG Courses from Academic Year 2020-21

Policy Indications

New Delhi:  According to amendments made to the Post-Graduate Medical Education Regulations, 2000, of the Medical Council of India (MCI), all existing medical colleges will have to start Post Graduate (PG) courses from academic year 2020-21. Press Trust of India reported that the amended regulations by MCI will also apply to new medical colleges, besides dealing with existing private and government colleges. The medical colleges will have to start PG courses within three years of receiving recognition for running undergraduate courses.

A senior Health Ministry official told the PTI that the institutions failing to comply with new regulations will lose their recognition. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has approved the MCI amendments and the new regulations would to be notified soon.

The move is to address the scarcity of doctors in the country. After the implementation, the government is expecting creation of 10,000 more PG medical seats in the country over the period of next four years.

Medical colleges will have to apply for new seats for starting P-G courses. The MCI will conduct an inspection before giving its approval for increasing seats for 2019-20 academic session.

(Source: PTI)