Published On: Mon, Feb 7th, 2011

Union Govt. to upgrade medical education with Rs.1350 Crores

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Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Ghulam Nabi Azad has said that the Union Government will be spending Rs. 1350 Crores to upgrade medical education in India adding around 4000 Post Graduate seats. This is part of the govt. plan to increase public sector spending on health care to 2-3% from the current 1.1% of the GDP.

The minister was addressing the Convocation of Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education &  Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh as its president. He congratulated the 330 graduates and requested them to remember and preach the mission of PGI that is service to the community, care to the needy and research for good of all.

In his address Azad said, ” In the 11th Plan, we are running a centrally sponsored scheme of Rs.1350 crore for strengthening and upgradation of medical colleges which is expected to add 4000 PG medical seats to the existing pool.  We are also expecting an increase of 10000 post graduate seats in two years time across the country by changing various norms that determine student intake into medical courses.  269 new nursing colleges, one more National Institute of Paramedical Sciences and nine regional institutes are also being established.”

Acknowledging that these efforts would not be enough to fulfill the growing demand for health professionals Azad said, “But these are conventional strategies and we need to look at more dynamic options  Virtual classrooms using information technology for distance learning, evening shifts for optimizing infrastructure, need to be seriously considered.  I assure you that resources would not a constraint for out of the box ideas.”