The Gujarat government has set the ball rolling for setting up five new medical colleges in different parts of the State under the Central government scheme. As per the deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel, the Government will be seeking approval for colleges in districts including Panchmahal, Gir-Somnath, Devbhumi-Dwarka, Botad and Morbi
The setting up these colleges will incur a total cost of Rs 1625 crores which will be shared by Centre and State in 60:40 ratios.
The Minister said each new medical college will have 100 seats for MBBS.
Patel said that existing government-run hospitals in Panchmahal, Gir-Somnath, Devbhumi-Dwarka, Botad and Morbi districts would be attached to the new colleges after upgrading them as per Medical Council of India (MCI) norms. To run a medical college, the attached hospital must have at least 300 beds as per the MCI norms.
“As per the central scheme, 60 percent of the Rs 1625 crore cost for the five colleges will be borne by the Centre while the state government would contribute 40 per cent. We will give the land free of cost. Each college will have the intake capacity of 100 MBBS seats,” Minister was quoted as saying by PTI.