The no of MBBS seats in Assam has risen to 1,100 with the announcement of the eighth Medical College in Assam. On October 11, 2021, the Chief Minister of Assam, Himanta Biswa Sarma tweeted about the approval of a new medical college in Assam by the National Medical Council. He mentioned that the NMC had approved a new Medical College for Lakhimpur, Assam, with 100 MBBS seats. He expressed that it is a leading milestone for the state, and he feels proud as he discerns a dream taking shape. The directorate of medical education of Assam received the approval letter during the day on October 11, 2021. The state’s Health Minister, Keshab Mahanta, mentioned this.
Until the approval of Lakhimpur Medical College, Assam consisted of seven medical colleges spread across the state. Those seven colleges are Assam Medical College, Guwahati Medical College, Silchar Medical College, Jorhat Medical College, Barpeta Medical College, and Diphu Medical College. Among the 1000 MBBS seats available until now, Assam Medical College, Dibrugarh and Guwahati Medical College, Guwahati, consisted of 200 seats each. There are 100 MBBS seats in Diphu Medical College, while Silchar, Jorhat and Barpeta consist of 125 seats each. Students aspiring to pursue MBBS studies for the academic session 2021-22 now have the option of additional 100 seats in Lakhimpur Medical College. This new medical college would also usher aspiring rays of hope and passion for the NEET aspirants.
The newly constructed Medical College is situated at Chowkham of North Lakhimpur. Manab Deka, MLA of Lakhimpur Assam, mentioned in one of his tweets on October 11 that “LMC is now starting with 100 MBBS seats under the Srimanta Sankardeva University of Health Sciences, Guwahati, from the academic year 2021-22.”
Previously in September 2021, the NMC disapproved the Lakhimpur Medical College request to function for MBBS students. The NMC pointed out certain deficiencies, which included 26% of faculty deficiencies too. The Chief Minister directed the Health Department to sort out the shortcomings mentioned by the NMC. The NMC also cited that they would reconsider their decision and allow the start of the MBBS course in the college. Thus, October saw the approval of the NMC. With this, Assam and Lakhimpur await new dawn enriched with education and good health. With the advent of Lakhimpur Medical College, the Upper Assam region will comprise of two medical colleges, Assam Medical College, Dibrugarh, and the new Lakhimpur Medical College.
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