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Final seat matrix for MBBS to be clear by May end

K.Ramachandran and
Ramya Kannan

Medical Council of India team to inspect Theni, Vellore medical colleges; TN seeks 100 seats in each institution

CHENNAI: With the Medical Council of India scheduled to inspect the new Government Medical Colleges at Theni and Vellore in the next few days, the final seat matrix for MBBS courses in government colleges will be clear only by the month end.

While the MCI team will visit Vellore on Friday, the inspection for Theni has been fixed for Monday and Tuesday next week. The Tamil Nadu government has sought clearance for 100 seats in each of these two colleges. A final decision on the total number of seats for the single window admissions and the date of issue of applications, besides preparation of rank lists would be taken only after the inspections are over, according to Health Secretary, Sheela Rani Chunkath.

This addition of 200 seats, if granted, would bring the total sanctioned seat strength for MBBS in Government medical colleges to 1645 in 14 colleges throughout the State.

This would make Tamil Nadu the largest provider of undergraduate medical education in the government sector.

In the last four years, Tamil Nadu has sought and obtained clearance from the MCI for nearly 400 new seats. Besides this, the state has two other approved private providers - The Institute of Road Transport's medical college at Perundurai and PSG Medical College, Coimbatore.

They have 30 and 50 seats respectively under government quota. Of the existing 1,445 seats, 173 come under the All India Quota (15 per cent), but last year 17 of these seats were surrendered by the Director General of Health Services to the State.

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