With an objective to enhance the healthcare services in the rural and remote areas, the government of Gujarat is planning to set up three greenfield medical colleges and five colleges attached to public hospitals which are located in the countryside. The colleges will be established under the Health Policy 2016.
There are six public hospitals located in Dahod, Bharuch, Amreli, Banaskantha, Tapi and Panchmahal districts. Out of them, five hospitals will be expanded into medical colleges. However, the location for the construction of three new medical colleges is not yet decided.
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As per the official statement released by the state government, private organisations have been invited to set up the medical colleges in the locations mentioned above. For setting up the medical colleges, the government will give a 50% subsidy to private organisations for land. The state government will also provide financial aid of Rs. 7.50 lakh per student for five years.
On the other hand, the private organisations which come forward to set up three Greenfield medical colleges will get 50% discount on market price to buy land. Similarly, the government will also provide financial aid of Rs. 15 lakh per student for five years. The government will also reimburse the electricity bills of these new colleges for five years. Subsequently, the government wants these organisations to set up new medical colleges in remote areas.
The government also laid down some conditions under the Health Policy 2016. As per the policy, 75% of medical seats will be filled by the state government in these colleges, and the managements can fill the rest 25% seats.