Recently, the State Department of Medical Education had sent a proposal for six new medical colleges in six different districts. Now, the state is only hopeful for two, or a maximum of four new colleges under the newly approved 75 medical colleges by the Union Cabinet.
The department officials said that the inspection by the local committee from the medical education department is almost complete and a report will be submitted to the cabinet. Speaking about it, Dr PG Girish, director of medical education said, “The inspection committee is inspecting all six districts where a new medical college has been proposed. At some places, we are getting 60 acres of land and we are getting 100 acres of land at some other districts. So we will gather all the information and then submit the report to the centre.”
The new six medical colleges have been proposed in Chikkamagaluru, Chikkaballapur, Chitradurga, Haveri, Yadgir and Bagalkot. These six colleges will have 150 seats each.
Sources said that out of six colleges proposed, the Medical Council of India is likely to finalise only two medical colleges for Karnataka. Chikkamagaluru and Chikkaballapur will be finalised, according to sources.
However, Girish said, “We had a meeting in Delhi where all state representatives were present. In states like West Bengal and others there are very less medical colleges. Across the country, 75 medical colleges have been earmarked for places where there are no medical colleges. We hope that at least four colleges out of six that have been proposed will be sanctioned for Karnataka.”
On August 28, a high-level cabinet meeting was held and union ministers Prakash Javadekar and Piyush Goyal said at a press conference that the government has approved the establishment of 75 new medical colleges in the country. Javadekar said that the addition will lead to the creation 15,700 more MBBS seats in India.
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) said that the medical colleges will be established by 2021-22 and will be attached with existing district and referral hospitals under Phase-3 of the ongoing centrally sponsored scheme.
According to officials, the government plans to boost the availability of qualified health professionals, improve tertiary care in the government sector and utilise infrastructure of district hospitals and promote affordable medical education in the country with this initiative.
The minister announced that the new medical colleges will be set up in regions which are not served with a medical college or ones with at least 200 beds. The government had earlier approved the establishment of 58 new medical colleges in Phase 1 and 24 colleges in Phase 2, apart from the 75 under Phase 3. Of these, 39 medical colleges under Phase 1 have already become functional, and the rest will be made functional by 2020-21. – Bangalore Mirror