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Union Health Ministry gives approval for 3 new Karnataka Medical Colleges with 450 MBBS Seats

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Bengaluru: The Union Ministry for Health and Family Welfare has recently given its nod for the establishment of 3 new medical colleges in Karnataka with over 150 MBBS seats each.

As per July 2019 data, the state has 9145 MBBS seats across 59 Medical colleges. Of these, 2800 MBBS seats are in 19 government medical colleges while 6345 MBBS seats are allotted to 40 private medical institutes.

Recently, the MOHFW decided to grant its approval to 3 new medical colleges. With the approval, the total number of MBBS seats in the state is set to cross 9500 mark. The decision was taken on the basis of the proposal given by the Karnataka government to approve the institutes situated in different districts.

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The state had applied for six new medical colleges in Chikkamagalur, Chikkaballapur, Chitradurga, Haveri, Yadgir and Bagalkote. Of these, 3 received the centre’s approval recently- Chikkamagaluru, Haveri and Yadgiri, according to a notification issued on October 23.

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These medical colleges will be set up under the Centrally-sponsored Scheme. Medical Dialogues had earlier reported that moving towards its goal of having a medical college in every three districts, the PM Modi led Cabinet Committee decided to 75 new GMCs will be established. This would be done via setting up of medical colleges to be attached with existing district/referral hospitals under Phase-III of the ongoing Centrally Sponsored scheme.

The decision noted that new medical colleges would be set up in under-served areas having no medical college; with at least 200 bedded District Hospital. Preference will be given to Aspirational Districts and District Hospital has 300 beds. All in all, the schemes on the establishment of new 75 medical colleges would lead to the addition of at least 15,700 MBBS seats in the country.

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Accordingly, the Karnataka government had sent a proposal to the centre to approve the institutes situated six different districts.

Now, as per a recent report by UNI, the Union Health Ministry has approved the state’s proposal for the establishment of three new medical colleges. Under the scheme, the Central and state governments will share the cost of 60:40 ratio, respectively. Each medical college will be established at an estimated cost of Rs 325 crore. While the Centre will bear Rs 195 crore, the state government will bear the remaining cost as per the scheme.

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