No. of PG NEET seats last year was more than 1,80,000 – Annamalai
On 20, September 2023, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare announced that the qualifying percentile for PG medical and dental courses for NEET PG counseling for this year has been reduced to ‘Zero’.
நீட் நீட்னு யாரது வந்தா சன் டீவி காரன் @annamalai_k வாங்குன அடிய போட்டு காமிங்க😂 அப்றம் வாயே தொரக்கமாட்டனுக😁
— Bagavath Pratheep (@Bagavathprathee) September 21, 2023
In a recent press meet, TN BJP President, Annamalai was asked about it for which he answered harshly to the reporter asking him to do basic research before asking questions. He goes on to say that the number of PG NEET seats last year was 1,80,000 and further said that most of the seats were not filled especially, seats for teaching courses. This video is viral on social media platforms.
What is the truth?
When searching with relevant keywords we found that Annamalai’s claim is false. The website of the Press Information Bureau (PIB), Government of India published an update on medical examination on 11, August 2023. The report says that the government increased the number of medical colleges subsequently increasing MBBS seats.
Earlier, in 2014, there were 387 medical colleges whereas the count is increased to 704 now. There is an increase of 110% in MBBS seats from 51,348 in 2014 to 1,07,948 now. The PG seats are said to have an increase of 117% from 31,185 in 2014 to 67,802 now. This proves that the PG seat count is 67,802 and not more than 1,80,000 as Annamalai claimed.
ABP Live reported that a significant number of postgraduate medical seats remained unfilled last year. In 2020-21, there were 4,614 vacant PG seats. This number reduced to 3,744 in 2021-22 but then increased to 4,400 in 2022-23.
This is not the first time Annamalai has been caught lying. Youturn covered some of the misinformation that he shared during the press meets and while addressing the public. Some of them are listed below:
It is found that the number of PG medical seats increased to 67,802 last year and it was not more than 1,80,000 as Annamalai claimed.