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157 medical colleges sanctioned across country in last 7 years: Centre

On completion, nearly 16,000 undergraduate medical seats would be added to these colleges wherein 6,500 seats are already functional at 64 new medical colleges, it added.

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New Delhi: The Centre has sanctioned 157 new medical colleges in the last seven years with an investment of over Rs 17,000 crores, the Union Health Ministry said on Sunday.

On completion, nearly 16,000 undergraduate medical seats would be added to these colleges wherein 6,500 seats are already functional at 64 new medical colleges, it added.

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Meanwhile, Rs 2,451.1 crore is also provided to state government or central government medical college for up-gradation of existing infrastructure and addition of further seats.

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare also said that under the central government schemes, medical colleges are opened in districts devoid of government medical colleges so far. “In this case, preference is given to underserved, backward and aspirational districts,” the ministry stated.

According to the Union Ministry, the schemes will address the shortage of manpower in the medical sector as well as address the geographical imbalance in the availability of trained medical manpower across the country.

The improvement in tertiary care in the government sector is also included in the agenda of the central schemes, the ministry said.
“This will increase the availability of health professionals, correct the existing geographical imbalance in the distribution of medical colleges, promote affordable medical education and utilize the existing infrastructure of district hospitals,” it added.

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