Thirteen new government medical colleges in Uttar Pradesh are set to begin their first academic session from 2023, raising the tally of government MBBS seats in the state to 5,128. Alok Kumar, principal secretary, department of medical education, UP, spoke toCareers360 about the expansion, meeting staff requirements, the government’s focus on nursing and improving healthcare. Principals have been appointed. The construction is complete and we are recruiting faculties and staff. We have applied to the National Medical Commission (NMC) for permission and NMC inspectors will come between June and July 2023 for assessment to provide permission to run the MBBS courses. We had 8,300 MBBS seats in 2022-23. We will have around 1,000 more with the 13 new medical colleges in Uttar Pradesh. MBBS seats will be added by private medical colleges as well. The exact number will be known once the NMC gives the requisite permissions and the seat matrix for admission counselling is ready. The number of seats may increase as a few private colleges may also start functioning from this year; existing colleges may expand.