Poor states lag in approvals for medical colleges

44 new medical colleges across the country have been sanctioned in the last three years

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Sonal Matharu | November 19, 2010



Approval for starting 44 new medical colleges across the country has been given by the health ministry between 2008 and 2010. This information was shared by the health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad in Lok Sabha on Friday.

“A total of 130 proposals for establishing of new medical colleges in various states/union territories were received during the last three years out of which 61 were returned to the applicant on account of incomplete/deficient document,” Azad wrote in the reply.

Out of the 69 applications accepted, 44 have been given a go-ahead by the ministry. Tamil Nadu has taken the lead with getting approvals for 12 medical colleges in the state followed by Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh at five colleges each.

However, not even a single medical college in three years has been approved in the states with poor health records. These states are - Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Chattisgarh, Jharkhand, and Orissa. The last date for receiving proposals for 2011-2012 is November 30, 2010.

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