'NEET for medical course from next year'

 Medical education minister S A Ramdas said decision has been taken to conduct National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) for medical courses including post graduation in the coming year.

Addressing a media conference here on Saturday, Ramdas said that the decision was taken at a two-day state health ministers’ conference in New Delhi recently.

Ramdas said six centres including one at Mysore have been identified by the central government for conducting NEET.

 He said issue regarding NEET has been taken up by the Supreme Court and is expected to be resolved within a week.

Referring to rural service of MBBS and PG medical students, he said nearly 1,500 students from outside the state take up medical education in the state. He said they have a choice of completing rural service in their home state or in Karnataka.

He said this move would help North-Eastern States more as they have only one doctor per district.

Mentioning the seven state government and one central government medical college planned in the state, he said Centre has given in-principle approval to providing Rs 1,100 crore for the construction of the colleges.

He said the state government would bear the remaining cost of Rs 300 crore. The colleges are expected to be completed within the next five years. He said holistic integrated healthcare system would be set-up at K R Hospital in Mysore, Vanivilasa Hospital in Bangalore and KIMS in Hubli.

Ramdas said a cancer wing would be opened at K R Hospital at a cost of Rs 60 crore, with Centre funding Rs 50 crore.

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