The Union Cabinet recently gave nod to establish 75 new medical colleges by 2021-22 in order to increase number of qualified healthcare professionals in different parts of country to facilitate accessible delivery of healthcare services to masses.
Prakash Javadekar, the Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and Minister of Information and Broadcasting, announced that the Government will be spending Rs 24,375 crore on these institutes.
“Under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, we took several important decisions today. One of the decision was to approve 75 new medical colleges. It will cost around Rs 24 thousand crores and create an additional 15 thousand new seats in MBBS,” the union minister said.
The proposed colleges which will result in 15,700 additional MBBS seats, would be set up in under-served areas where there are no medical colleges.
“In the last five years, over 45 thousand new seats have been created in MBBS and PG. This is the biggest ever expansion of medical education facilities throughout the world,” Javadekar said.
The Government is trying to improve healthcare infrastructure like never before. With National Medical Commission Bill, the Government will be providing trainings to community workers to help doctors to improve primary care, apart from setting up medical colleges across country.
The latest move is in line with recent decision of the Centre approving 58 new medical colleges attached with existing district/referral hospitals under Phase-I and 24 under Phase-II. Of this, 39 medical colleges under Phase-I, have already started functioning, while the remaining 19 would be made functional by 2020-21. Under Phase-II, 18 new medical colleges have been approved.