The Medical Council of India has approved two new medical colleges in Gujarat, Dharmsinh Desai Institute of Medical College in Nadiad, and Nutan Medical College and Research Centre in Visnagar. Both the colleges have 150 seats each. Therefore, the total number of medical seats In Gujarat for the academic session 2019-2020 has increased to 4,450. Nitin Patel, the Deputy Chief Minister, told this in a press release on 26th April 2019, Friday.
Patel said that the approval process of Medical Council of India (MCI) for two more greenfield medical colleges at Ahmedabad and Amreli is underway too. He said that the process of inspection for these two colleges is complete and upon their construction, another 300 medical seats will be added in Gujarat.
Both of these colleges are self-financed colleges that are run by trusts and were set up as greenfield medical colleges under the health policy of the state government of the year 2016. The process had been going on for a year, after which Dharmsinh Desai Institute received approval of the MCI last week and Nutan Medical College received it on Friday.
The Deputy Chief Minister said that the public will now have these two medical colleges with a capacity of 300 beds. The MCI rules state that it is mandatory for medical colleges to have a hospital with a 300-bed facility if they are seeking the approval of MCI.
The fees structure of both these self-financed colleges has not been decided yet. Dr. Raghav Dixit, Deputy Director of Medical Education, said that the fee is to be decided by the Fee Regulatory Committee that is headed by a retired High Court judge. The process begins as soon as a college applies for it.
The State Government will provide greenfield medical colleges annual assistance of a sum of Rs. 15 lakhs per MBBS students for a duration of five years, under the new health policy. Substantial financial aid will also be given to the greenfield medical college hospitals situated in remote areas.
The state government has an aim of doubling the medical seats and reducing the doctor-patient ratio to half of its existing ratio by 2022.