GoI Releases Rs 260 Cr For 5 Medical Colleges

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JAMMU — Government of India (GoI) Wednesday released Rs 260 crore to the Health and Medical Education Depart­ment to build 5 new medi­cal colleges. The medical colleges are coming up at Anantnag, Baramulla, Doda, Kathua and Rajouri. Accord­ing to Principal Secretary, Health & Medical Education, Atal Dulloo, with the latest release of funds by the Gov­ernment of India, the cumu­lative release of central share for these colleges till date has reached Rs 765 crores.

He said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India has sanctioned 5 New Medical Colleges in the Sate at a cost of Rs 189 crore each which includes Rs 139 crore for civil works and Rs 50 crore for machinery and equipment.

He said the civil works in all these medical colleges are at different levels of progress and have been expedited “to put the requisite infrastruc­ture in place at the earliest.”

Dulloo said the depart­ment has initiated steps to provide infrastructure, equipment and “human re­source in these colleges as per MCI guidelines to start 1st batch of MBBS admis­sions next year.”

He said with the comple­tion of these 5 New Medical Colleges, 500 MBBS students would be annually added to the overall capacity of MBBS course in the state.

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