Medical colleges are not distributed evenly: Union Health Minister

July 19, 2014

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has said that the imbalance growth of medical colleges

and institutions in the country is affecting the delivery of health care to people.

According to IANS, the minister tolf the in Lok Sabha in a written reply, "There is imbalanced

growth of medical colleges and institutions and availability of medical specialists in the country

is affecting the delivery of health care to people across the country".

He said that the health ministry has reviewed regulations of the Medical Council of India (MCI)

for setting up of medical colleges and in order to address the geographic and rural-urban

imbalance of medical institutions, amendments have been made.

He added that medical colleges can be set up in two separate piece of land at a distance of

not more than 10 km in hilly areas and notified tribal areas, North-eastern states and Union

territories of Andaman and Nicobar islands, Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and


He further said that there is a centrally-sponsored scheme for establishment of new medical

colleges attached with existing district hospitals.

In the recently announced Union Budget , Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had proposed setting up

of five new IIMs (Indian Institutes of Management) at Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Bihar, Odisha

and Maharashtra. Also, setting up of four All India Institutes of Management (AIIMS) and five

Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) had been proposed. Source: Agency.

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