The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Wednesday (28 August) cleared the establishment of 75 government medical colleges by 2021-22 at a cost of more than Rs 24,000 crore under the Phase-III of the centrally sponsored scheme to increase the availability of healthcare infrastructure, reports The Hans India.
The new colleges will be set up on a priority basis in under-served and aspirational districts of the country.
“New medical colleges would be set up in under-served areas having no medical college; with at least 200 bedded District Hospital. Preference will be given to Aspirational Districts and District Hospital having 300 beds,” said an official statement.
Setting up on these new medical colleges attached with the existing district or referral hospitals would lead to an increase in the availability of qualified health professionals, improve tertiary care in Government sector, utilize existing infrastructure of districts hospitals and promote affordable medical education in the country, it said.
The Government had earlier approved setting up of 58 new Medical Colleges attached with existing district/referral hospitals under Phase-I and 24 under Phase-II.
The scheme on establishment of new medical colleges (58+24+75) would lead to addition of at least 15,700 MBBS seats in the country, the statement said.