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100 more medical seats for Chennai colleges likely:MCI

Chennai, June 9 (): The Kilpauk Medical College and the Chengalpet Medical College are expected to be provided with fifty more seats  each in the coming academic year, as per a letter issued by the Medical Council of India (MCI).

Following a letter of permission, the directorate is likely to add the additional seats to the existing seat matrix.  A senior official said that though they have been given information about the additional seats , it can be implemented only after getting the permission for admissions before starting the counseling  this year.

It is true that most of the new colleges have 100 or more seats, whereas, Chengalpet Medical College has only a total of fifty seats ever since 1965, at the same time Kilpauk Medical College had hundred seats to its credit.

The state of Tamil Nadu has seventeen government medical colleges; for 1,945 MBBS seats, fifteen percent is provided for the benefit of the All–India quota.

The Tamil Nadu government has requested the MCI to increase the admission of students in medical colleges by 285 all over Tamil Nadu, said health minister V S Vijay.

The government has also requested to provide an increase from 165 to 250 seats in Madras Medical College (MMC), 150 to 250 in the Stanley Medical College and 50 each in Chengalpet and Kilpauk Medical Colleges, apart from opening a new college in Sivaganga district. Regarding the extra seats in MMC and Stanley there is a chance of getting delay, said the official.

Officials believe that the cut-off for MBBS course is likely to go down by 0.25 marks for getting admissions to the colleges those in association with the state medical university, as overall scores in Physics were low this year. In 2011, the number of centums in biology,chemistry and physics was 65 whereas this year it was only 16.

Since many students desire for medicine, the only way to satisfy the students in getting admission into medical colleges is to increase the number of seats in government colleges, said Jayaprakash Gandhi, educational consultant.