The Medical Council of India (MCI) on Wednesday approved creation of 1,390 additional MBBS seats in 32 government medical colleges across the country.

With this, the total number of seats would go up to 46,500. There are 362 medical colleges with over 45,000 MBBS seats.

Earlier this month, the MCI had notified a new set of regulations under which July 31 was the last date for granting such approvals. The MCI will later carry out an inspection of the facilities and infrastructure at colleges where additional seats have been created.

Though the scheme was for both private and government medical colleges, the Health Ministry issued a clarification keeping private colleges out of its purview.

Those medical colleges with an intake of 50 seats at present will be allowed to admit 100 and those with 100 capacity now will be permitted to take in 150, as per the scheme.

At least 10 government colleges which did not fulfil criteria were not allowed extra seats.