Published On: Sat, May 15th, 2010

Union Govt. approves 5000 more medical seats

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The Union Cabinet has approved a proposal to upgrade 148 state medical colleges and start postgraduate disciplines—a move that will result in the creation of 5,000 more seats.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved the proposal tabled by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to strengthen and upgrade government medical colleges. The cabinet panel agreed to release an one-time grant of Rs 13,500 million to fund government medical colleges under a new centrally-sponsored scheme. This scheme would allow for 75 percent central funding, while the rest will be borne by the state governments, to boost the number of seats in courses such as anatomy, pharmacology, pediatrics and anesthesiology. The central government will release funds only to states that are willing to spend on the necessary infrastructure and maintain facilities. “Funds will be disbursed directly to the heads of the institutes, in two instalments. The state governments will seek a refund, if the proposed increase in PG seats or courses, do not take place within the prescribed period,” a news release stated.