J&K to get New Medical College: As per media reports, the Central Government has approved setting up of a new Government Medical College in Jammu and Kashmir recently. The report says that the Narendra Modi led Government has approved setting up of a new Medical college at Handwara in the Northern Kashmir region. In addition to granting approval to the new Medical College, the Government has also earmarked Rs 325 crore for the establishment of the healthcare facility.
New Medical College through Central Funds
Furthermore, the media report also claimed that the new Medical College will be attached with the district and referral hospital Handwara. Sharing more details about the project, an official spokesperson also confirmed that the Medical College is being developed under centrally sponsored scheme and will not require any funds to be raised locally.
Health Ministry issues Sanction Letter
Following the approval by the Union Cabinet and Government, the Health Ministry has also issued the sanction letter for development of new Medical College in north Kashmir. Following the approval, Financial Commissioner, Health and Medical Education, Atal Dulloo issued a statement which said that with the setting up of the new Medicla College, the quality of healthcare services being offered in the district will improve drastically. Additionally, with the new medical college in place, the district will also be able to attract trained and qualified medical professionals from the region as well.
Financial outlay for the new Medical College
As per reports, the central government has sanctioned Rs 325 crore for the development of new Medical College in the region. Of the total amount sanctioned, Rs 115 crore has been allocated for the construction of administrative and academic blocks of the college. Similarly, Rs 80 lakhs have been assigned for development of hostels, and residential accommodation for the students and faculty members. In terms of talent acquisition and upgrading the existing teaching faculty at the district hospital, an amount of Rs 60 crore has been set aside. In terms of infrastructure development, the new medical college will get Rs 70 crore to procure machinery and equipment for both academic as well as healthcare services.