Good news floats for the NEET aspirants of the academic session 2018-19 from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The Medical Council of India (MCI) has recommended to Central Government to issue Letter of Permission (LoP) for the establishment of new Medical Colleges and also to Increase in intake capacity in existing Medical Colleges for the academic session 2018-19. The Public announcement regarding the same was made on May 15, 2018, by the Ministry itself.

A huge increase in the number of MBBS seats will be enforced in many states of the nation. As per the notice, 17 New medical colleges will be established. Out of which 13 will be government and rest 4 will be private. Whereas the seats are to be also increased in the existing 4 government colleges and 3 private colleges.

Names of these 17 new medical colleges in India are: Tomo Riba Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (Arunachal Pradesh), Dr Radhakrishnan Govt Medical College (HP), Govt Medical College Datia (MP), Govt Medical College Jalgaon (Maharashtra), Mizoram Institue of Medical Sciences (Mizoram), Bolangir Medical College (Odisha), Balasore Medical College (Odisha), Govt Medical College Bhilwara (Rajasthan), Govt Medical College Bharatpur (Rajasthan), Govt Medical College Churu (Rajasthan), Govt Medical College Dungarpur (Rajasthan), Govt Medical College Pali (Rajasthan), Govt Medical College (Siddipet), Ayaan Institute of Medical Sciences (Telangana), MSY Medical College and Hospital (Uttar Pradesh), Banas Medical College and Research Institute (Palanpur), Jagannath Gupta Institute of Medical Sciences and Hospital (West bengal).

As per the data released the number of seats that will be available in the new colleges in states are shown in the chart below.

As per these data Rajasthan will have the maximum number of seats which is 500, 100 seats in each 5 new government colleges.

New MBBS colleges

Whereas, there will be an equal share of seats in each state in the new private colleges which is 150 each.

New Private MBBS Colleges

Also, 220 seats are increased altogether in 3 government colleges in the state of Gujarat. Whereas 10 government seats are added in 1 college in the state of Maharashtra. Coming to the private colleges, 100 seats are increased altogether in 2 colleges of Andhra Pradesh and 50 seats are added in 1 college in the state of Bihar.

The detailed notice by the Ministry of Health and family welfare also revealed the name of the colleges that will host the number of increased seats and also, it stated the names of the new colleges.

Although the notice has also made it clear that no student shall be admitted in the above course till the formal letter of permission of the Central Government is granted. There are many formalities that are yet to be completed. As soon as the course of action is completed the colleges will be ready to intake admission.

The notice further has issued a deadline for issuing the Letter of Permission which is May 31, 2018. Further, the Ministry has called upon the applicant colleges to furnish the required Bank Guarantee/Undertaking etc. and are advised to be ready with necessary documents so that the same can be sent to the Ministry on receiving the letter.

The Notice reads: (i) The applicant shall provide all infrastructural facilities in terms of teaching and non-teaching staff, buildings, equipment, and hospital facilities as per Medical Council of India norms. (ii) No student shall be admitted in the above course till the formal permission of the Central Govt. is granted. (iii) The Private Medical College should provide Bank Guarantee of required amount (wherever applicable) in favor of Medical Council of India, New Delhi valid for three years from a nationalized/ scheduled Bank as per MCI’s norms. However, medical colleges/institutions governed by the State Govt. are required to furnish only an undertaking to provide funds in their budget till the facilities are fully provided as per time-bound programme indicated by them.