Health Ministry has increased 5200 medical seats for EWS Category

Published on: Jul 24, 2019 07:59 IST
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5200 MBBS seats have been increased for the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) quota in medical colleges by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. According to the Minister of State Ashwini Kumar Choubey, the seats have been increased in the State Government Medical Colleges, State Government Aided Society run Medical Colleges, Municipal Corporation Medical Colleges and Medical Colleges set up on Private Public Mode (PPP). The medical seats have been increased for the academic session of 2019-20 the minister stated in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha.

Union Minister Harsh Vardhan recently informed the Lok Sabha that there has been an increase of about 24,698 medical seats for the MBBS and MD (Undergraduate and Postgraduate) programme in medical colleges in more than two years. According to the minister there has been an increase of about 15,815 undergraduate seats and 2,153 postgraduate seats in the academic session of 2017-18 and 2019-20.

According to the data provided by the minister in the lower house of the parliament on July 12, 2019 in the academic session of 2019-20, 10,565 undergraduate and 2,153 postgraduate seats were increased. He also said that there are about 75000 Medical seats for students who qualify the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET).

In January 2019, the central government announced a 10 percent reservation for the economically weaker sections of the general category in government jobs and higher education. Earlier it was however announced that the EWS reservation will be provided against increased seats and not on the existing number of seats available.

Given below is the number of EWS medical seats increased for each state

State

Seats Increased

Andhra Pradesh

360

Assam           

174

Bihar

190

Chhattisgarh

120

Delhi

115

Goa

30

Gujarat

700

Haryana

110

Himachal Pradesh

120

Jammu & Kashmir

85

Jharkhand

30

Kerala

155

Madhya Pradesh

270

Manipur

25

Maharashtra

970

Orissa

100

Pondicherry

30

Punjab

100

Rajasthan

450

Telangana

190

Tripura

25

Uttar Pradesh

326

Uttarakhand

75

West Bengal

450

Total

5200

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