India to set up 75 new medical colleges in 2022

A woman carries her niece who got sick after consuming contaminated meals given to children at a school on Tuesday, in the eastern Indian city of Patna July 18, 2013. The Indian government announced on Thursday it would set up an inquiry into the quality of food given to school pupils in a nationwide free meal scheme after at least 23 children died in one of the deadliest outbreaks of mass poisoning in years. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA - Tags: DISASTER HEALTH TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY EDUCATION SOCIETY) - GM1E97I1PN601

The Indian government approved to set up 75 new medical colleges in the next two to three years to have qualified health professionals and improve the overall health infrastructure, government sources said on Thursday.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday.

The 75 new medical schools would be established by the year 2021-22 and attached to existing district hospitals under the ongoing Centrally Sponsored Schemes.

Establishing new medical colleges would increase the availability of qualified health professionals and also improve tertiary care in the government sector.

Others including utilise the existing infrastructure of district hospitals and promote affordable medical education in the country, a statement said.

The scheme would lead to an addition of at least 15,700 Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) seats in the country.

SOURCE: Xinhua

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