Telangana has least MBBS seats among south states Latest
In spite of the Centre granting a letter of permission (LoP) for the government medical college at Mahbubnagar to start admissions from the academic year 2016-17, Telangana does not have much to cheer about.
The latest Medical Council of India figures on MBBS seats across the country shows that Telangana has the least number of seats among southern states. According to figures, the state has just 2,750 MBBS seats which are offered by 19 medical colleges -private and state-wrun.
Data shows that Karnataka is a clear winner with 7,095 MBBS seats (48 colleges), followed by Tamil Nadu with 5,310 MBBS seats (39 colleges), Andhra Pradesh with 3,850 MBBS seats (25 colleges) and Kerala with 3,550 MBBS seats (30 colleges).
“The data is not surprising as Telangana has been a victim of neglect and historical injustice meted out by the erstwhile united AP government. The former Andhra rulers went on to set up more government medical colleges in their region while neglecting Telangana,“ said Dr Sanjay Yadav, former city vicepresident of Indian Medical Association (IMA). Post-bifurcation, Telangana was left with just five state-run medical colleges with 1,000 MBBS seats. With the new college coming up at Mahbubnagar, it will now have an additional 150 MBBS seats. Neighbouring AP has 12 state-run medi cal colleges with 1,200 MBBS seats. In a major anomaly, dis tricts like Khammam, Nalgonda, Medak and Karimnagar do not have a single government medical college.“Almost all the 13 districts in AP had at least one state-run medical college each, but same is not the case with Telangana districts,“ explained Dr K Suresh, Osmania Medical College (OMC) Doctors’ Forum president. While advocating for more state-run medical colleges to be set up, Suresh said that absence of medical seats in Telangana has left hundreds of medical aspirants looking at China, Russia, Nepal, Singapore and other countries to pursue their dreams.
In fact, not just in South India but nationally too, Telangana also fares poorly in terms of MBBS seats and medical colleges as its total tally of 2,750 seats comprises only 5.19 per cent of total 52,965 MBBS seats, offered in 412 medical colleges, (both state-run and private) in the country .
eenadu news paper 07-06-2016 : http://epaper.eenadu.net