CHENNAI: The State health department is hoping to add two more medical colleges to the existing 15 state-owned institutions. Teams from the
Medial Council of India (MCI), the governing body, will soon be visiting Tiruvarur and Villupuram, where the department has planned to construct medical colleges.
This will take the total sanctioned strength of medical seats in the state from 1,745 to at least 1,945. Besides, the teams will inspect medical colleges in Vellore, Theni and Kanyakumari as part of their annual inspection. “At a time when the medical education department is going through a severe staff crunch it is difficult to match the MCI’s stringent rules on faculty. But we hope to tide over the crisis this year as the MCI has decided that it will relax some rules,” a senior health department official said.
In the last academic year, the number of medical seats in the state went up by 550, including in deemed Universities and in the Tamil Dr MGR Medical University colleges. While the government increased the number of colleges to 15 by adding the Dharamapuri Medical College 100 seats to its list of government medical colleges, the MCI sanctioned permission for a private college the Adi Parasakthi Medical college in in Melmaruvathur with an equal number of seats. The MCI also granted 300 more medical seats, divided equally, to two deemed universities.
Like every other year, this year too admissions would begin for the government medical colleges and private medical colleges attached to the TN Dr MGR Medical University
in July. With no Common Entrance Test (CET), the selection committee attached to the Directorate of Medical Education will admit students solely on the marks obtained from plus two examinations and based on the rule of reservation.
The committee would have 85% of the seats in the medical colleges and 50-60% of seats in private colleges open for allotment through the single window system. Fifteen% of the seats would be reserved for the all-India quota.