Med colleges need only 10 acres

Union government relaxes land requirement rules for campuses in nine cities

interaction: Governor Hans Raj Bhardwaj discusses a point with Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad at the 13th convocation of Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences at the Nimhans convention hall in Bangalore on Wednesday. Vice Chancellor S Ramananda Shetty and Minister S A Ramadas are with them. DH Photo

The proposal was announced by Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Wednesday, who was in the City to deliver the 13th convocation address of the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences.

“Relaxations have been provided for nine cities - Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Pune, Kanpur, Bangalore, and Hyderabad, where the land requirement is stipulated at 10 acres only”, said Azad. Earlier, medical colleges were required to set up their campuses on 25 acres of land. In the recent past, the requirement has been diluted to 20 acres, and exemption was provided to colleges in hill states and north eastern states.

Azad also pointed out that steps were being taken to improve availability of doctors in rural areas. “We have brought important changes in Medical Council of India regulations, which provide 50 per cent reservation of seats in Post Graduate diploma medical courses for medical officers working in rural areas. At the same time, additional marks for each year of rural attachment would be provided to candidates appearing for PG medical entrance tests”, he said.

The maximum age for appointment of medical faculty has been increased from 65 to 70 years. "This is a crucial change which would increase the availability of faculty in medical colleges. In order to tackle the problem of shortage of human resources, post graduate degrees obtained from some foreign countries like USA, UK, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia have been recognised in India", he said.

Azad also announced that MCI regulations have been amended to raise maximum intake at MBBS level from 150 to 250, while postgraduate seats across the country will increase by 4,000. The Union government has set aside Rs 1,350 crore for strengthening and upgrading of State government medical colleges for starting new PG courses and increasing PG seats.

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