The committee has also approved setting up new colleges at various hospitals.The additional seats will come up at both new as well as existing government colleges.
The committee has given the green signal for 100 new seats, each for G B Pant Hospital based in Port Blair as well as district hospitals at Almora, Churu, Datia, Dungarpur, Khandwa and Kohima.
The decision to raise the number of MBBS seats across the country will be a boon to the scores of medical education aspirants. The total number of undergraduate (UG) medical seats fell by 1,170 during 2014-15, after the Medical Council of India (MCI) turned down the proposal of around 3,920 seats (2,750 seats approved).
Moreover, it has approved proposals to raise the no. of seats at existing medical colleges located in Amritsar and Patiala in Punjab as well as Coimbatore, Kanyakumari, Madurai and Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu.
The committee has agreed to expand the seat base in Bhopal, Gwalior, Haldwani, Indore, Kota, Rewa and Udaipur as well.