The Centre has approved the proposal to increase MBBS seats of Odisha’s two government-run medical colleges – VSS Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (VIMSAR), Burla, and MKCG Medical College and Hospital, Berhampur, by 100 seats, from 150 to 250, each.
Union health minister Jagat Prakash Nadda told the Lok Sabha in a written reply on Friday. The increase, however, won’t be effective in this academic year as funds were not released.
The state government has been trying to increase MBBS seats at the two colleges since 2012-13. However, owing to infrastructure inadequacy and faculty shortage, the Medical Council of India did not approve the hike in the past.
The state’s other government medical college, SCB in Cuttack, already has 250 MBBS seats.
Five new medical colleges attached with district headquarters hospitals are coming up in the state with central aid. These colleges at Puri, Balasore, Balangir, Baripada and Koraput will have 100 MBBS seats each.