Cabinet approves 75 new medical colleges in the country. Union Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar announced that new medical colleges would be set up in under-served regions in the country.
Following a high-level cabinet meeting on 28 August, 2019, the government has approved the establishment of 75 new medical colleges in the country. Shri Javadekar said that the addition would lead to the creation 15,700 more MBBS seats in India.
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) said that the medical colleges would be established by 2021-22 and will be attached with existing district and referral hospitals under Phase-3 of the ongoing Centrally Sponsored scheme.
The government plans to boost the availability of qualified health professionals, improve tertiary care in the government sector and utilise infrastructure of district hospitals and promote affordable medical education in the country with this push.
The government had earlier approved the establishment of 58 new medical colleges in Phase 1 and 24 colleges in Phase 2, apart from the 75 under the Phase 3. Of these, 39 medical colleges under Phase 1 have already become functional, and the rest will be made functional by 2020-21.