About 19 medical colleges across Maharashtra will convert their diploma seats into three-year MD or MS seats for the academic year 2019-20. The Board of Governors (BOG) of the Medical Council of India (MCI) announced the decision through a circular.
Medical institutes in Mumbai that can convert their seats include Grant Medical College and JJ Group of Hospitals in Byculla with 33 new seats, GS Medical College, and King Edward VII Memorial Hospital in Parel with 30 seats.
“The BOG considered the matter with regard to increase of seats in PG degree courses in lieu of the surrender of PG diploma seats, along with a request from the central government as well as the recommendations of an expert committee,” according to a statement in the circular.
Moreover, the permission for conversion of seats is subject to approval of the affiliated university; institutes seeking conversion of seats would need to apply individually.