The Government of India on Wednesday released Rs 260 crore to the health and medical education department for five new medical colleges coming up at Anantnag, Baramulla, Doda, Kathua and Rajouri.
According to principal secretary health & medical education Atal Dulloo, with the latest installment of funds, the cumulative release of central share for these colleges till date has reached Rs 765 crores.
He said the Union health ministry has sanctioned the five medical colleges at a cost of Rs 189 crore each, which includes Rs 139 crore for civil works and Rs 50 crore for machinery and equipment.
He said the civil works in all these medical colleges are at different levels of progress and have been expedited of late to put the requisite infrastructure in place at the earliest.
Dulloo said the department has initiated steps to provide infrastructure, equipment and human resource in these colleges as per MCI guidelines to start 1st batch of MBBS admissions next year.
He said with the completion of these medical colleges, 500 MBBS students would be annually added to the overall capacity of MBBS course in the state.
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