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Lesser land requirements for setting up of medical colleges: Nadda

To enhance private participation , Nadda announced reduced land requirements for setting medical colleges in country

New Delhi : Health Minister, JP Nadda, has announced various amendments in the Establishment of Medical College Regulations 1999 with the aim to overcome doctor shortage in the country.  The move is aimed introducing ease in establishment of medical colleges, especially in populated areas

Mr. Nadda has announced  the waiver of  the 10 acre campus area stipulation for establishing a medical college, by introducing  60,000 sq.meters of floor space, to house a medical college and also lowered the population criterion from 25 lac to 10 lakhs.

With the present amendment, a medical college can be set up in a city with a 10 lac population and the college initiator possessing 60,000 square meters of area to set up a medical college, hospital, and staff quarters.

Prior to the amendment, in October 2012, the clause stated -“the institution  was be housed in a unitary campus of at least 20 acres of land except in mega cities where the permissible FAR/ FSI was the criterion, provided that the total built up area for college, hospital, hostel, residential quarters etc was made available “in an area of not less than 10 acres”.

The entire exercise of decreasing land allotments in shrinking city spaces and changing of nomenclatures from  urban agglomerations/ cities with population of 25 lakhs-plus to metropolitan areas is considered as an attempt to finally shoot up the numbers of medical practitioners. The present doctor patient ratio being 1:2000.

The Health Minister has also amended’ eligibility criterion’ to enable “all companies registered under the Companies Act 1956” to set up medical colleges, and become profit making enterprises.

It was when companies and private organisations went knocking the government’s door requesting  to be  allowed  private participation for establishment of colleges as  business ventures that the MCI initiated amendments of this nature.

Source: with inputs
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