The Centre has allowed the Odisha state government to add 64
more postgraduate seats in the three government medical colleges of the state,
based on recommendation of the Medical Council of India (MCI).
While 22 seats have been increased at the MKCG, Berhampur,
24 seats have been added to the SCB Medical College, Cuttack, and 18 seats have
been enhanced at the VSS Medical College, Burla.
Official sources said that the total number of medical seats
in the state has gone up from 207 to 271 with this allotment. The enhanced
number of seats will be made available for students from the academic year
"The state government had requested the council to
enhance the number of seats in the three government-run medical colleges last
year. On the state's request, the council had made a recommendation to the
Union ministry of health and family welfare. The increase in the number of
seats at the PG level will help meet the dearth of the medical graduates in the
state," said Health Minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak.