A proposal had been sent to the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) for the third phase of “Establishment of New Medical Colleges by Upgrading District or Referral Hospitals” scheme. After two months, the proposal of establishing 75 government-run medical colleges has been approved by the Cabinet. As per the proposal, the medical colleges will be attached to the district or referral hospitals by the next academic year, i.e. 2021-22.
The addition of the medical colleges will boost up the total number of MBBS seats in India to 15,700 seats. Sources state that the government intends to set-up the medical colleges in areas where such institutes are scarce. As per an official government statement, the medical colleges will be set-up with the district hospitals that hold a minimum of 200 beds.
As per government statements, their preference will lie with district or referral hospitals that hold more than 300 beds. With the proposal accepted by the Cabinet, phase 3 of the scheme of establishment of the 75 medical colleges, will cost the government a whopping ₹24,375 crores to set up.
Government statements further stated that the establishment of the 75 medical colleges will lead to an increase in the number of qualified professionals in the field. This, in turn, should help in improving the situation in the field of tertiary care in government sectors. The initiative will also help in taking advantage of the existing infrastructure in these hospitals and thus provide in cheaper and more affordable education in the discipline of medicine in India.
Previously, the Government of India had approved the setting-up of 58 different medical institutions, which were attached to the district or referral hospitals. Under the first phase of the scheme, the government was able to establish 58 medical colleges, meanwhile, the second phase saw the establishment of 24 more institutes.
The establishment of new medical colleges, especially ones that are government-run, will ensure affordable medical education in India. The establishment of new medical colleges in areas where colleges are scarce will also provide medical aspirants from the area to pursue their medical dreams.