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
The Medical Council of India officers are set to inspect six new government medical colleges in Karnataka to analyse their suitability and how prepared they are for teaching medical students. The MCI team will visit colleges at Gulbarga, Koppal, Chamrajnagar, Karwar, Madikeri and Gadag, according to an announcement by the Medical Education Minister Sharan Prakash R Patil to PTI reporters.
The state government is unable to increase the quota of medical seats in its pool as MCI is yet to inspect the six new medical colleges, Patil said. The government will try its best to get the MCI nod for the new colleges, he added. The recruitment process for the new medical colleges has already begun and infrastructure work is underway, Patil said.
The government is also committed to set up six more medical colleges as announced in this year’s state budget, he said. The colleges will be set up in Tumkur, Chitradurga, Chickballapur, Bagalkot, Haveri and Yadgir, Patil said. Besides, the government plans to set up super-speciality hospitals in Mysore, Hubli, Gulbarga, Belgaum and Bellary to make healthcare affordable.
Lands have been identified in all these districts, except Yadgir and Chickballapur. “We have directed the deputy commissioners of these two districts to identify the land,” he added. These colleges will be established in collaboration with the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Patil said.
Currently, Karnataka has 46 institutes recognised by the Medical Council of India, offering MBBS courses, with a total of 6,755 seats. The major universities under which MBBS courses are offered (as specified by MCI) are: Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, KLE University (Deemed Univ.), Belgaum, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Sri Devaraj Urs University, Sri Siddhartha University, Tumkur and Yenepoya University.