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Medical College Rankings 2003
In 1998 the Government of Maharashtra decided to form a single university which dealt with all medical and paramedical fields of education. Hence, the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS) was born. To regularize admissions into these fields, the Common Entrance Test (CET) was introduced in 1999. The changes completely altered the complexion of medical education in Maharashtra and created a level playing field for medical colleges from all parts of the state. As result, over the last five years, several old institutions have lost ground while relatively unknown colleges have surged to the fore, affecting the way students think and how they choose their colleges. The JAM Medical College rankings aim to reflect these new trends.

Considerations & Criteria:
As is the tradition at JAM, the rankings are entirely student oriented and have not been dreamed up by some stuffy professors languishing in the past. The single most important factor in determining the rankings has been clinical experience and exposure. After all, it’s the quality of doctors the place turns out which makes the difference. Other criteria such as academic performance, cut offs, intake capacity, teacher student ratio, overall pass percentages, college infrastructure and hostel facilities have been give due importance. It is worth noting that the overall rankings contain only government or municipal colleges. All private medical colleges are strong contenders, however most of them are plagued by several fundamental problems. But the gap between private and government colleges is fast disappearing. One hopes that both will be at par in the near future.

The JAM Maharashtra Medical College Rankings 2003

Top 5 Medical Colleges In Mumbai
1. Seth G. S Medical College, Parel
2. Lokmanya Tilak Medical College,Sion
3. Topiwala National Medical College, Mumbai Central
4. Grant Medical College, Byculla
5. Rajiv Gandhi Medical College, Thane
Top 5 Medical Colleges In Maharashtra
1. Seth G.S Medical College, Mumbai
2. B.J Medical College, Pune
3. Government Medical College, Miraj
4. Lokmanya Tilak Medical College, Mumbai
5. Dr. Vaishampayam Mem. Medical College, Solapur
Top 5 Private Medical Colleges In Maharashtra
1. Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences, Karad
2. K.J Somaiya Medical College, Mumbai
3. Pad. Dr. D.Y Patil Medical College, Navi Mumbai
4. Dr.D.Y.Patil Edu. Soc. Medical College, Kolhapur
5. Pravara Medical Trust’s Rural Medical College, Loni

Government/ Municipal Colleges Vs. Private Colleges
Very often students are confronted with a situation in which they have to choose from Private Medical Colleges because all the other seats have been taken up. This is the eternal question which medical students never get tired of discussing. We are putting forward an educated opinion on this tiresome debate. In the end it is for you to decide on which side of the line you stand. So, here are the pros and cons of both sides.

Government/Municipal Colleges
1. Loads of clinical experience on account of greater volume of patients in govt.
2. Economical education with no hidden costs or special fees.
3. Stable hospital affiliations and attachments.
4. Provide a complete education leaving little or no room for tuitions or classes.
5. Sub-par to adequate student facilities such as hostels, mess and laboratories.
6. Overall studious atmosphere with kinda geeky crowd
Private Colleges
1. Relatively lesser clinical experience due to attachment to a private hospital with fewer patients hospitals.
2. Several colleges charge additional development fees or special contributions.
3. The affiliations with government hospitals are often temporary or inadequate.
4. Teaching may be below par and students need to seek extra classes or tuitions
5. Very often student facilities are better than in government colleges, though exceptions do exist.
6. Laid back atmosphere with a really hip student body.

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