After a recent Cabinet meeting, the Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Mr. Prakash Javadekar, has announced that, the Government has approved establishment of 75 new medical colleges in India. This would lead to the addition of around15,700 more MBBS seats in the country giving more opportunities to medical aspirants.

The minister also said that the medical colleges would be set up at the expenditure of Rs 24,375 crore in under-served regions with no medical college or ones with at least 200 beds.

According to the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), the medical colleges in India would be established by 2021-22 and will be attached with existing district and referral hospitals under Phase 2 of ongoing Centrally Sponsored Scheme.

The Central Government had earlier approved the establishment of 58 new medical colleges in Phase 1 and 24 new medical colleges in Phase 2, apart from the 75 medical colleges under Phase 3. Out of these, 39 medical colleges under Phase 1 have already started functioning.

Source: Indian Express

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