The Medical Council of India (MCI) has accorded permission to add 50 additional MBBS seats each to four government medical colleges including Osmania Medical College, Gandhi Medical College, S. V. Medical College in Tirupati and Rangaraya Medical College in Kakinada from this academic year.
With this, 200 additional MBBS seats have been added to 1,500 MBBS seats available in government medical colleges in the State from this academic year.
Permission to add 50 more additional seats from MCI in Kakatiya Medical College, Warangal and Guntur Medical College are also awaited. “We are confident that we will be able to add 50 more seats each in Guntur and Warangal also. Getting an additional 200 MBBS seats in the government sector is a big achievement. This was possible after years of efforts to convince the MCI,” said Director of Medical Education, K. Vishnu Prasad. OMC, which has 200 seats, will now have 250 medical seats while Rangaraya Medical College and S. V Medical College will have 200 seats each from the existing 150. GMC, which had 100 medical seats earlier, will now have 150.
“OMC now offers the maximum number of seats by any government medical college,” said OMC Principal Putta Srinivas. “This is possible because it is the oldest medical college in the State. Needy students now have a better chance to get into OMC after the increase in the seats,”