The number of medical students in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh will increase by nearly 1,000 by 2020 from 5,000 to 7,000.
The Medical Science Department of the state government on Monday announced the decision to increase the enrolment of medical degree students by nearly 20 per cent from 5.2 lakh to 6.4 lakh.
The department said the increase in enrolment will be achieved through the provision of new medical schools.
“By increasing enrolment, we aim to increase medical school enrolment by at least 25 per cent by 2020,” Dr Suresh Bedi, Director General of the State Health Service, told reporters.
According to the ministry, the medical students enrolled at medical schools will be given priority in the selection process and will be selected for admission to the Medical College of Madras.
The state government will also be creating two new medical colleges for the medical degree course in order to accommodate more students.
The medical students will be offered admission in the two new colleges.
The two medical colleges will be named in a similar manner to the two medical schools in other states in India, he said.
Dr Bedi also said that the government is also planning to launch a new medical school to accommodate the number of students enrolled in other medical degree courses, especially in rural areas.
He said that medical students would also be able to attend the Medical University of India.