Centre approves proposal to set up 58 medical colleges; to cost 8,457 Cr

The government of India has approved the proposal for setting up of 58 medical colleges as an extension of the existing district and referral hospitals.

The meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, gave approval for 58 new medical colleges by upgrading the existing district hospitals in deficient states with the intake capacity of 100 MBBS seats in each medical college.

The move is expected to result in a total increase of about 5,800 MBBS seats. Under the scheme, the central assistance share will be of Rs. 8,457.4 crore and state or UT share would be Rs. 2,513.70 crore.

The funding pattern will be 90:10 by the Central and State governments respectively for the north-eastern states and special category states, and in the ratio of 75:25 for the others.

As per the government, the total cost of the establishment of one medical college would be approximately Rs.189 crore.

The distance between the district or referral hospitals and the medical college shall be within 10 kms.  State governments have sent proposals for the setting up of 103 new medical colleges by 2015. 

The Centre is also planning for an upgradation of the existing state or central government colleges, reported New Indian Express.

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