Stanley Medical College will have 100 new MBBS seats this year. The Board of Governors of the Medical Council of India has approved the extra seats and has advised the college to rectify the deficiencies it has pointed out.

The notification is available on the MCI website: www.mciindia.org. This takes the total number of MBBS seats at Stanley Medical College from 150 to 250.

This also means an increase in the total pool of MBBS seats available this academic year to 2,245 seats. With 15 per cent of government college seats going to the All India Quota (337 seats), there are a total of 1,908 seats available in government medical colleges alone.

The State government had applied to the MCI to grant approval for an increase in the number of seats in Stanley Medical College, Madras Medical College (from 165 to 250) and to recognise 100 seats in the new medical college constructed at Tiruvannamalai. However, no mention has been made in the recent MCI notification about the other two colleges.

Health department sources said that they have been asked to rectify certain deficiencies in Tiruvannamalai Medical College and Madras Medical College. The sources added that efforts were on to do so at the earliest and that the MCI would then take a call on approval after inspecting them again. The status on these two colleges cannot be considered final at this stage, J. Radhakrishnan, Health secretary, told The Hindu.

The rectifications that the MCI has indicated include enhancing faculty strength in some departments, enhancing the physical dimensions of certain halls and auditoria, increasing the capacity of hostels and making minor infrastructure changes, such as increasing the number of operation tables. Similar requirements have been indicated for Stanley Medical College too, though the changes are fewer in comparison. The total number of medical colleges in the State remains at 18, pending clearance for Tiruvannamalai.

Tentatively, a total of 838 seats are expected to come into the government pool from 11 self-financing medical colleges. While this is subject to change depending on fresh seat approvals for these medical colleges, according to sources, it indicates the current position, and was published in the prospectus. Add this number to the seats available in the government colleges and the arithmetic works out to a total of 2,746 seats.

These will be available to all students participating in the single window counselling for MBBS admissions for the academic year 2013-2014.

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