Foundation stone of government medical college in Ramanathapuram laid
Chennai: Amongst the presence of several dignitaries including the Union Health Minister as well as the Tamil Nadu CM the foundation stone of a proposed government medical college in Ramanathapuram,
Laying the foundation stone of a proposed government medical college in Ramanathapuram, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami said the state government had secured permission to build 11 more medical colleges with an outlay of Rs 4,500 crore to Rs 5,000 crore.
Palaniswami further stated that the state will admit 1,650 more students to its medical colleges from academic year 2021-22 in addition to 3,250 seats filled at present.
He said Rs 1,200 crore has been allocated in the 2020-21 budget in this regard.
He said that the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) government will protect the minorities and urged them not to believe rumours spread for political purposes.
Palaniswami thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for sanctioning 11 new medical colleges.
Speaking at the function, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said that Rs 23 crore has already been released for building the Ramanathapuram Government Medical College as the first installment of the central government's share.
He said the Centre has decided to revise the teacher-student ratio and increase postgraduate seats in medical education in the country. During the last five years, more than 14,500 postgraduate seats have been created.
According to him, the medical education is moving towards competence-based learning and there should be sharing of the best practices between various medical colleges and states for overall improvement in the area.
He further informed that the government had decided to establish 75 new medical colleges across the country in the next two to three years and ensure that these colleges are established by 2022, during the 75 years completion of independence and all these medical colleges have to be in the aspirational districts, which have not been given a type of attention that they deserve where people are still struggling to have even the basics, he said.
Incidentally, Ramanathapuram is the first out of those 75 medical colleges in India, for which the foundation stone was laid .