The administration of Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) had sent a proposal to Medical Council of India (MCI) to increase the seats of first year MBBS from 150 to 200. However, according to the information received, the proposal could not see the light of the day owing to failure in fulfilling the criteria required for the same.
MCI has taken the decision to enhance 400 seats at various medical colleges in the state on Tuesday. These colleges include Latur, Ambajogai and Nanded government medical college and hospital. An intake capacity of Latur medical college would increase from 100 to 150 followed by 50 to 100 at Ambajogai and Nanded medical colleges each. However, GMCH could not find a place in that list. GMCH is recognised as the oldest medical college from Marathwada having intake capacity of 150.
Dean Dr K S Bhople said, "We had sent the proposal to increase the seats from 150 to 200. However, there are many criteria of MCI which need to be fulfilled to increase the seats. Accordingly, we do have sufficient beds but we need to construct two independent buildings for college and hospital. Besides, there is another four halls to be built to accommodate 200 students. The administration will have to construct independent halls for practicals and laboratory, library and hostel for the same. The teaching staff and employees will also need to be enhanced. The current infrastructure can accommodate 150 students. The administration has sent the proposal to the government in this regard."
The seats of GMCH were increased from 100 to 150 in 1998. The college has one of the good infrastructure, thus the students prefer the college after Mumbai and Pune.