Tamil Nadu will get 6 new medical colleges as per the approval granted by the Union Health Minister. The proposal to establish 6 new MBBS colleges in Tamil Nadu with 150 MBBS seats has been approved. The proposal has received the nod by the technical committee of the Medical Council of India (MCI) and at least 900 seats will be added to the seat matrix for 2020 according to C Vijayabaskar, the Health Minister. Now, the Government of Tamil Nadu has granted Rs. 600 crore for setting up these colleges.
The new medical colleges will be set up in Ramanathapuram, Dindigul, Tirupur, Nilgiris, Virudghunagar and Namakkal. The approval for the new medical colleges has been given under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) scheme.
The Centre’s approval came following a proposal submitted to Dr Harsh Vardhan, the Union Health Minister by C Vijayabaskar. Vijayabaskar stated the need for having government medical colleges in the unreserved areas of Tamil Nadu and how the people need to travel for a long duration to pay a visit to the nearby tertiary care centres. Vijayabaskar said that all arrangements have been made such as the identification of land for MBBS colleges. The total expenses for all the facilities will be borne by the state and the centre. The centre will contribute 60% of the total expenditure and the state will share the remaining 40%.
Once the approval is in place, the number of government medical colleges in Tamil Nadu will go up from 24-30 and the number of MBBS seats will increase from 3,350-4,250. To begin the MBBS admissions from 2020, 600 more doctors, 300 paramedics, administrative staff and staff nurses will have to be hired, and the construction will begin. The process for recruiting the paramedical staff, nurses, administrative staff and purchase of equipment is already underway.