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.