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Central Government is mulling over setting up of new medical colleges in 58 districts, the Parliament was informed.
While informing the parliament Health and Family Welfare Minister J P Nadda said “These medical colleges are being established under a centrally sponsored scheme for 'Establishment of Medical Colleges attached with existing District/Referral hospitals. In the first phase, total 58 districts have been identified. This initiative would result in increase of 5,800 MBBS seats in the country.”
“There would be several criteria for identification of districts under the scheme like district hospitals/referral hospital with bed strength of 200 or more, districts where there is no medical college and preference to under-served areas,” informed the minister.
While in a reply to a separate question in Rajya Sabha, Nadda said, “the Government Medical College at Jaipur will be upgraded. Government Medical College, Jaipur has been identified for upgradation under phase-IV of Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana."
“The timeline for establishing super speciality blocks depends upon the receipt of various due approvals of EFC and CCEA,” he added further.