October 30, 2010

Maharashtra to get 6 new medical colleges

Maharashtra is all set to get six new medical colleges, with two of them being planned for Mumbai city. Significantly, officials insist that more than 1,000 seats will be up for grabs from the next academic session.

According to the ambitious project drafted by the state government, the plans are in the final stages of implementation and will ensure that the colleges are operational at Nandurbar, Alibaug, Gondia, Chandrapur, near CST (G T Hospital) and a yet-to-be decided location in the city from 2011-12.

"Proposals for Nandurbar, Alibaug and GT hospital have already been submitted to the Medical Council of India, while the ones for Gondia, Chandrapur and another in Mumbai suburbs, either Andheri or Dharavi, will be submitted soon,'' a senior medical education department official told ToI on Wednesday. "With the setting up of the new colleges, students intake capacity for the undergraduate course will shoot up by 500. In addition, we have submitted a fresh proposal for enhancing the intake capacity of the 14 government-run medical colleges from 2,061 to 2,661. "If our proposals are accepted, then our intake capacity will increase from 2,061 to 3,161 from the next session,'' he said.

An official said the initial plan was to set up a medical college at Gondia, home town of civil aviation minister Praful Patel. Later, there was a debate over the proposal following opposition from minister of state for irrigation Vijay Wadettiwar, who demanded a medical college at his home town, Chandrapur.

"Medical education minister Vijaykumar Gavit then decided that colleges could be set up at both Gondia and Chandrapur. Similarly, there is a dispute over the suburban college. Public health minister Suresh Shetty is insisting on a college in Andheri, his assembly constituency, while minister of state for medical education Varsha Gaikwad is keen on setting it up at Dharavi. The CM will take a final decision," the official said, adding that they are expecting Rs 650 crore fom the Centre for the project.

On enhancing the intake capacity, the official said, according to the guidelines prescribed by the MCI, it was now possible to increase the intake capacity of 200-seat medical colleges to 250, 150 to 200 and 100 to 150 and 50 to 100-seat medical colleges. "Accordingly, intake capacity of Grant Medical College, Pune and Nagpur colleges will be enhanced from 200 to 250. In all the existing 14 government medical colleges, we have adequate infrastructure for the purpose,'' he said.

On the requirement of staff, the official said ever since the implementation of the Sixth Pay Commission, several teachers, who had taken up private jobs were now returning back to government-run, medical colleges. "We are expectinga special grant of Rs 650 crore from the Centre for upgradation and modernisation of the colleges, " the official added.

My information is that in last one year, 10 professors have returned to the state services. In the days to come, we are sure, most of the teachers will return to the state fold,'' he said.

Secondly, the official said for a 100-seats medical college, it requires 18 professors, 47 associate professors and 81 lecturers. "We have changed our recruitment and promotion policy, as a result, we expect to recruit the entire staff required for a new medical college,'' he said.

On the financial assistance from the Centre, the official expected a special grant of Rs 650 crore - nearly Rs 40 crore per college for upgradation and modernisation of the medical colleges. "In fact, we were pressing the centre for financial assistance of R 150 crore for seven to eight colleges to bring them on par with AIIMS, but it did not materialise,'' he said.

New medical colleges proposed : G T Hospital, Andheri or Dharavi or Bandra, Gondia, Chandrapur, Alibagh and Nandurbar

Intake capacity of each college : 100

Existing intake capacity of 14 medical colleges : 2061

Intake capacity after new medical colleges : 3161

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