Guwahati, June 16: A hundred more plus-two students who have cleared their combined entrance examination held in May can pursue their dreams of becoming doctors in Assam with the Medical Council of India (MCI) approving Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed Medical College and Hospital in Barpeta.
Health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma this afternoon revealed that the nod of the MCI’s board of governors, which came yesterday, was not only a good news for the state’s health sector but will also bring much-needed relief to those who are on the waiting list of the Combined Entrance Examination Test conducted by Dibrugarh University for admission to the four medical colleges in the state (Dibrugarh, Guwahati, Silchar and Jorhat).
“With the MCI’s approval, another hundred students can join the course by also taking admission to Barpeta medical college. The admission process will start next month,” Sarma said.
The annual intake of MBBS students has now risen to 620-plus students from around 520. Dibrugarh, the oldest medical college in the state set up in the fifties, leads the pack with around 170 seats. Guwahati has around 150 seats while Silchar and Jorhat has 100 seats each. Of the total seats, 15 per cent is reserved for students from outside the state.
Sarma further said the government would now focus on securing MCI for Tezpur Medical College and Hospital so that it can start MBBS course from 2014. He also talked about the other six medical colleges coming up or have been proposed while taking a dig at those doubting the government’s abilities to deliver on the health front.