The National Medical Commission (NMC) has postponed the implementation of allocating only 100 MBBS seats for a population of 10 lakh until 2025-26, opening avenues for more medical colleges in Telangana and other states. Telangana is on track to establish eight additional medical colleges in Jogulamba Gadwal, Narayanpet, Mulugu, Warangal, Medak, Yadadri Bhongir, Rangareddy, and Medchal-Malkajgiri in the upcoming academic year, 2024-25.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare requested the NMC to re-evaluate the ratio of 100 MBBS seats for 10 lakh population, leading to the decision to apply this clause from the academic year 2025-26 onwards, according to the Undergraduate Medical Education Board of the NMC. This shift contrasts with the previously adopted Assessment and Rating Regulations of 2023, which mandated all Indian states to adhere to the 100 MBBS seats per 10 lakh population rule. This change posed a challenge for smaller states like Telangana planning to inaugurate new medical colleges. Adhering to this formula would have prevented them from establishing new institutions as they had already surpassed the seat limit.
Currently possessing 8,540 MBBS seats with a population of 3.8 crore, Telangana would be restricted to only 3,800 MBBS seats if following the 100 seats per 10 lakh population guideline. Despite this limitation, the state has outlined plans to introduce new medical colleges and add 800 more MBBS seats by 2024-25.