Kolkata: MBBS aspirants have a reason to cheer this year as a Durgapur-based private medical college offering undergraduate courses has been sanctioned 150 seats.
The medical college has been given the nod to admit students to the 150 seats this year by the Medical Council of India (MCI). Last year the college was not allowed to take in candidates after an MCI inspection found that there was a lack of infrastructure.
“Though the college took the matter to the apex court, it was late for admissions even after a favourable judgment. As a result, many lost out on the opportunity to enrol for MBBS courses,” a college representative said. He added, “The college will admit 150 students this year. This will be for a period of five years and no inspection will be done in between.”
Of the 150 seats, 50 will be for state domicile students from NEET and the rest will be allotted to the management quota.
A senior health department official said, “The number of medical seats in Bengal has increased manifold. At present, the 17 medical colleges in the state has around 2,400 seats. If 150 seats are added, the intake will rise up to 2,550 seats,” the health department source said.