Good news for students aiming for the medical entrance exams, Cabinet Committee on economic affairs on Wednesday approved setting up of 75 new medical colleges by 2020-21. What is will do is that there will be an increase of 15,700 in the number of medical seats within the next three years, with Centre spending Rs 24,375 crore on the institutes to ensure better health care facilities in the areas lacking them. The establishment of new medical colleges attached with existing district/referral hospitals, would lead to an increase in the availability of qualified health professionals, improve tertiary care in the government sector, utilize existing infrastructure of districts hospitals and promote affordable medical education in the country.
This is a major step forward to improve the healthcare facilities in the country with a great impact on the medical services aspirants. There are currently 70,978 MBBS seats in 529 colleges in India with the approval for increase in the number of seats; government is set to promote affordable medical education in India. It also plans to boost the availability of qualified medical practitioners, and utilize the infrastructure of the district hospitals for the same.
The establishment of new medical colleges will be done under phase three of the ongoing centrally sponsored scheme. New medical colleges will be set up in undeserved areas. Preference will be given to aspiring districts and district hospitals having 300 beds.
Focusing on the creation of healthcare infrastructure, the government had earlier approved 58 new medical colleges attached with existing district/referral hospitals. Of these, 39 medical colleges, which were to be built under phase-I, have started functioning, while 29 will be made functional by 2022. Under phase-II, 18 new medical colleges have been approved.