India, June 10 -- The Medical Council of India (MCI) has given approval to government medical colleges in Patiala and Amritsar to continue with 200 seats each in MBBS course in this academic session.

Earlier in March, the MCI had warned the state government that it will decrease the seats in these colleges to 150 each after it found shortage of teaching faculty on their rolls and gave them to months to hire the required staff.

An MCI team had visited both these colleges in February this year for considering the renewal of 200 seats each. In 2014, both these colleges were first granted permission to add 50 seats each to their MBBS courses, which then had 150 seats each.

In its assessment report in March, the MCI reported shortage of tea...