New Delhi, Aug 28: Union Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Wednesday approved to establish 75 new medical colleges in under-reserved areas, by 2021-22.
The new medical colleges would be attached with existing district/referral hospital under Phase-III of the ongoing Centrally sponsored scheme, said Union I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar.
"The establishment of new medical colleges attached with existing District/ Referral hospitals, would lead to an increase in the availability of qualified health professionals, improve tertiary care in Government sector, utilise existing infrastructure of districts hospitals and promote affordable medical education in the country,'' he said.
He also said new Medical Colleges would be set up in under-served areas having no medical colleges with at least 200 bedded District Hospital.
"Preference will be give to Aspirational Districts and Districts Hospitals having 300 beds,'' he said and added that the scheme on establishment of new medical colleges (58+24+75) would lead to addition of at least 15,700 MBBS seats in the country.
As part of the creation of health care infrastructure, the Government had earlier approved establishment of 58 new medical colleges.
"Of this, 39 under Phase-I have already started functioning, while the remaining would be made functional by 2020-21. Under Phase II, 18 new medical colleges had been approved," said an official statement. (UNI)