Punjab, Haryana, Himachal backlog in medical education infrastructure: News Kidda

Tribune News Service

Aditi Tandon

New Delhi, July 30

Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh and Jammu and Kashmir are lagging behind in terms of medical education infrastructure.

An analysis of Department of Health data prior to the statement of the NEET (UG) results for MBBS course admissions shows that states and UTs in the region represent only 7 percent of all medical colleges nationally and 6 percent of MBBS seats.

Out of 612 medical colleges in India, Punjab and Haryana each have 12, J&K 10, HP eight and Chandigarh one. The region has 43 colleges. Similarly, the breakdown of MBBS seats across states shows that of the 91,927 MBBS seats up for grabs this year, only 5,627 are in the region. Punjab has the highest 1,750 MBBS seats in the region, followed by Haryana’s 1,660, J&K’s 1,147, Himachal’s 920 and Chandigarh’s 150. A record 18,72,329 students registered for NEET-UG with the National Testing Agency this year, confirming that 95 percent are present on the day of the exam, July 17. There are only 91,927 seats.

The data further shows that nearly 50 percent of MBBS seats are located in Tamil Nadu (10,725), Karnataka (10,145), Maharashtra (9895), UP (9,053) and Gujarat (5,700).

Sources said 3,495 additional MBBS seats were created under a centrally sponsored program. The settlement covers 16 states, including Punjab (100 seats), Himachal 20 and J&K 60. Likewise, a separate centrally sponsored program to increase the number of PG seats is in the works. The plan is to add 4,058 seats in 21 states in the first phase. Of these, 87 will be added in Punjab, 127 in Jammu and Kashmir and 17 in Himachal Pradesh.

50% seats in TN, Guj

Government data shows that nearly 50 percent of MBBS seats in India are located in Tamil Nadu (10,725), Karnataka (10,145), Maharashtra (9,895), Uttar Pradesh (9,053) and Gujarat (5,700).

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