Gujarat government proposes 5 new medical colleges to add to MBBS seats

Gujarat government proposes 5 new medical colleges to add to MBBS seats

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New Delhi, Updated on Jan 2, 2020 17:35 IST

After the Centre approves the five new medical colleges, the total MBBS intake in Gujarat would cross 6300.

The Gujarat government has given its approval to set up five new medical colleges in Panchmahal, Devbhumi-Dwarka, Gir-Somnath, Botad and Morbi districts under a Central government scheme, informed deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel. The total estimated cost of setting up the colleges will be Rs 1625 crore, of which the Central share will be 60%. Patel also said that each medical college will have 100 MBBS seats.

The existing government-run hospitals in the above-mentioned districts (Panchmahal, Gir-Somnath, Devbhumi-Dwarka, Botad and Morbi) would be attached to the new colleges after upgrading them as per the norms of the Medical Council of India (MCI).

The deputy CM said that the Union government has identified 75 districts in the country which do not have a medical college. “We had earlier sent a proposal to build medical colleges in Narmada, Porbandar and Navsari districts… we are now sending another proposal to the Centre to approve the medical colleges in five districts,” he further said.

As per the MCI norms, to run a medical college, the attached hospital must have at least 300 beds.

The state government will first upgrade these five hospitals according to the norms before building the medial colleges. Each college would cost Rs 325 crore, taking the expenditure to Rs 1625 crore.

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