Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Faggan Singh Kulaste said the medical seats will be increased by 10,000 in 2017 through NEET exam.

Addressing the second healthcare summit-Rajasthan 2016, he said that 58 identified medical colleges across the country will be upgraded within this time frame.

On Sept. 22, the Supreme Court had cancelled counselling for medical admissions by private colleges in Madhya Pradesh.

The bench had said that the counseling process is going to be centralized and should be conducted afresh, giving the state government one week to finish the counseling process for private as well as government medical colleges.

The court also ruled that two representatives from private medical colleges would be present during the centralised counselling round.

The court’s decision had been prompted due to a contempt petition filed by the Madhya Pradesh government.  The petition had alleged that private medical colleges had been refusing to admit students even after they were eligible for admission based on their NEET score.

On Friday evening, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar had given a statement that he welcomed the order of the Supreme Court regarding NEET admission and had stated that orders for medical counseling in Maharashtra and other states are expected soon.

Source: The Indian Express