The Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan has said that the imbalance growth of medical colleges and institutions in the country is affecting the delivery of better health care to the people of country.
The minister told in the Lok Sabha in a written reply, “There is imbalanced growth of medical colleges and institutions and availability of medical specialists in the country is affecting the delivery of health care to people across the country”.
He said that the health ministry has reviewed regulations of the Medical Council of India (MCI) for setting up of medical colleges and in order to address the geographic and rural-urban imbalance of medical institutions, amendments have been made.
He added that medical colleges can be set up in two separate piece of land at a distance of not more than 10 km in hilly areas and notified tribal areas, North-eastern states and Union territories of Andaman and Nicobar islands, Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Lakshadweep.
He further said that there is a centrally-sponsored scheme for establishment of new medical colleges attached with existing district hospitals.
In the recently announced Union Budget, the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had proposed setting up of five new IIMs at Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Bihar, Odisha and Maharashtra. Also, setting up of four All India Institutes of Management and five Indian Institutes of Technology had been proposed as well.Read More
A medical college-cum-hospital will soon be set up by Jamia Millia Islamia, the university ‘s vice-chancellor Talat Ahmad said.
According to the reports in media, “The medical college in Jamia is a mandatory requirement since there is no government college-cum-hospital in the neighbourhood.”
The 114 acres of land in the vicinity that was granted to it by the Supreme Court of India pertaining to the land case between the Uttar Pradesh and the Delhi government would be used for the purpose of building the medical college.
“As a mandatory rule, first a 300-bed hospital will be started and then a medical college. I intend urge the government to ensure adequate support and financial assistance for the project,” said Ahamd in his first interaction with the media after assuming charge of the varsity.
He took charge as the vice-chancellor of the central minority institution on May 15, 2014.
With great focus on academic research, the vice-chancellor is also planning to set up a school of earth atmosphere and planetary sciences. “This will help us understand climate change and human needs in future,” he said.
Having geology background, Ahmad intends to put Jamia on national map in regard to environmental studies, earth sciences, glacial studies, global positioning system (GPS), geographic information system and climate change.
With special focus on girls, Ahmad is also planning to set up separate polytechnic courses for girls and hoping for a 50 per cent representation of girls in the students’ union.
“We will soon be having a students union too, but in which form I cannot tell as the matter is sub-judice,” he said.
Besides, the existing academic programmes will be consolidated and given special considerations to the growth of theoretical physics, centre for nanoscience and nanotechnology and geo-sciences.
With other initiatives like making the varsity wi-fi enabled and setting up of digital resource centre to enable students to access e-journals, Ahmad said he wants to put Jamia on par with Delhi University and Jawaharlal Nehru University.
“Jamia is an older university and we are lagging behind. But two months in office, I have realised if we work harder we have a lot of potential,” he said.Read More
Mizoram is set to get its first medical college after a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between the Centre and state government, according to state Health Minister Lal Thanzara.
Addressing the annual conference of the Mizoram Government Doctors’ Association (MGDA), Thanzara said Mizoram would soon have a medical college and the civil hospital in Aizawl would be upgraded with Rs 45 crore. A multi-disciplinary research unit would be established at Falkawn near Aizawl, according to PTI.
MBBS aspirants from the state will be applying for admissions on the basis of scores of the All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT) 2014 which is to be conducted by CBSE in May 2014. A total of nine medical colleges are available in the neighboring states of Manipur, Tripura and Assam.
Medical Colleges in Manipur
1. Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences, Porompet, Imphal: 100 seats
2. Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, Imphal: 100 seats
Medical Colleges in Tripura
1. Agartala Government Medical College, Agartala: 100 seats
2. Tripura Medical College and Dr. B R A M Teaching Hospital, Agartala: 100 seats
Medical Colleges in Assam
1. Assam Medial College, Dibrugarh: 170 seats
2. Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed Medical College, Barpeta, Assam: 100 seats
3. Gauhati Medical College, Guwahati: 156 seats
4. Jorhat Medical College & Hospital , Jorhat: 100 seats
5. Silchar Medical College, Silchar: 100 seats
Efforts were being made for establishment of a tertiary Cancer Care Centre at Zemabawk near Aizawl, Mizoram Health Minister Lal Thanzara added.Read More