The Health and Family Welfare Minister JP Nadda while answering a question in Rajya Sabha said that 58 districts over the country will get new medical colleges, increasing the number of MBBS seats by 5800 from next year. Under centrally-sponsored scheme for ‘Establishment of Medical Colleges attached with existing District/Referral hospitals’, these new medical colleges are going to be made.
According to Nadda, “In the first phase, total 58 districts have been identified. This initiative would result in increase of 5800 MBBS seats in the country.” Those district hospital/referral hospitals that had 200 plus bed strength and where there is no medical college, had been selected for the programme. Nadda While answering another question in Rajya Sabha said the government medical college at Jaipur would be upgraded with latest facilities and state of the art technologies. He pointed out that, “Government Medical College, Jaipur has been identified for upgradation under Phase IV of Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojna.”
He also pointed out through his speech that the establishment of super speciality blocks in various hospitals is dependent upon receipt of various due approvals of EFC and CCEA. While the minister has declared that 58 districts would get the new medical colleges, he hasn’t revealed the name of the districts or the states in which the medical colleges would open up. These new medical colleges would increase the number of seats, allowing more students to undergo medical course around the country, giving rise to more number of medical practitioners.