The state is likely to have more than 9,000 medical seats following the approval of more new medical colleges. However, the academic sessions are likely to start only after a year in the new medical colleges.
There were at least 3,400 MBBS seats in a total of 26 government medical colleges and 3,750 MBBS seats in private medical colleges in Tamil Nadu. The four new medical colleges would add 600 more MBBS seats to the state once the executive committee provides the approval. Adding up all the MBBS seats, there will be more than 9,100 medical seats in Tamil Nadu.
This would make the state having the highest number of medical seats and highest number of government medical colleges.
Currently, the fund allocation has been made for six medical colleges that were announced last year and the construction of the buildings is to start soon.
Senior officials from the state health department say that despite the announcement, the academic session will start only from 2021 as the authorities need at least a year to ensure complete functioning of the government medical college.