India to set up 58 new medical colleges

New Delhi, Jan 2 : The Centre on Thursday said the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved the proposal of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare relating to the centrally sponsored scheme for establishment of new medical colleges attached with existing district or referral hospitals.

The approval is for establishment of 58 new medical colleges by upgradation of existing district hospitals in deficient states with intake capacity of 100 MBBS seats in each medical college.

"This will result in an increase of about 5800 seats," the government said in a statement.

The central assistance share will be of Rs. 8457.40 crore and State/UT share of Rs. 2513.70 crore.

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

"The total cost of establishment of the one medical college is approximately about Rs.189 crore. The distance between the district/referral hospital and the medical college shall be within 10 kms and on two pieces of land," read the statement.

--IBNS (Posted on 03-01-2014)

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