CHENNAI: The Centre surrendered 58 vacant all-India quota MBBS seats in the medical colleges in Tamil Nadu, taking up the number of State government quota seats to 2,560. Of the medical seats available in the medical colleges in the State, 434 seats that form 15 per cent are earmarked for all-India quota.
During the counselling this year, the Directorate General of Health Services under the Union Health Ministry was able to find takers for only 376 seats after two rounds of admission counselling, leaving the rest 58 vacant, which were surrendered back to the State on Wednesday.
This is lesser than last year when the Centre returned 87 vacant seats. The details of the colleges in which the seats were left vacant are yet to be known, said Dr A Edwin Joe, Director of Medical Education, adding that these seats would be filled during counselling for admissions to State-quota seats.