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Govt Forms Panel to Make Recommendations for Establishing New Medical Colleges

According to an order issued by the Ministry of Health, a committee has been formed in response to the Union government’s announcement during the presentation of the interim budget to make relevant recommendations for the establishment of new medical colleges using existing hospital infrastructure.

The committee shall discuss on the matter and provide a report with a feasibility assessment, norms, implementation roadmap, financial implications, and timetables for consideration by the competent authority, in accordance with the terms of reference outlined in the office order of February 19.

The 14-member committee comprises Member (Health) NITI Aayog as the chairperson, secretary and Ministry of Home Affairs (or representative), secretary, Ministry of Defense (or representative), secretary, Ministry of Labour (or representative), secretary, Ministry of Coal (or representative), secretary, Ministry of Heavy Industry and Public Enterprise (or representatives), Secretary, Ministry of Mines (or representative), secretary, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (or representative), secretary, Ministry of Power (or representative), secretary, Ministry of Railways (or representative), secretary, Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways (or representative) and secretary, Ministry of Steel (or representative), Chairman of National Medical Commission (or representative) and additional secretary (Medical Education), Ministry of Health as members.

The committee will submit its report on the matter to the Ministry of Health along with their recommendations within four months.

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, during her budget speech, had said that the “government plans to set up more medical colleges by utilising the existing hospital infrastructure under various departments”.

“A committee for this purpose will be set up to examine the issues and make relevant recommendations,” Sitharaman had said.

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Source: The Indian Express

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