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Centre okays six new medical college for Tamil Nadu; sanctions Rs 1,950 cr

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The Centre in-principal has given nod to six new medical colleges which will be established in different parts of Tamil Nadu in due course of time. With the new set of colleges, tally of total number of government-owned Medical colleges in the State would move to 30.

The Centre has sanctioned an amount of Rs 1,950 crore for medical colleges while the State’s share would be 780 crore for the medical colleges which would be set up in districts including Tiruppur, the Nilgiris, Ramanathapuram, Namakkal, Dindigul and Virudhunagar. All these colleges would be attached to existing hospitals in these districts, as per a report.

“It is a historic occasion where the Centre has granted approval in one go for six medical colleges in Tamil Nadu. I extend my thanks on behalf of the people of the State,” Edappadi K. Palaniswami, Chief Minister, Tamil Nadu, was quoted as saying by the Hindu.

As per the report, expenses for these colleges would be borne by both the Centre and the State with former sharing 60 percent cost and State the remaining one.

The Centre’s approval has come to the fore days after a meeting between Chief Minister and Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the latter’s visit to Chennai early this month. In the meeting, the Chief Minister had handed over a memorandum, urging early approval for the proposal pertaining to medical colleges.

With the addition of six new colleges, the total number of medical seats would be up by 900 from the current tally of 3,250 MBBS seats in 24 medical colleges.

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