Big boost to the medical education sector in Telangana

Five new medical colleges which are to be set up in Telangana will provide a major boost to medical education in the region.

The officials are preparing the ground to set up five more medical colleges, with each attached to a nearby State-run health institution and costing an estimated Rs 500 crore.

Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao had earlier declared that the authorities in the coming months will explore and prepare projects to establish the medical colleges in Vikarabad, Sangareddy, Ramagundam, Jangaon, Karimnagar and Khammam. The Chief Minister will review the proposals again and in all probability, the projects will be launched soon.

The five proposed colleges will add at least 500 MBBS seats in the coming years, giving a major boost to the medical education, local economy, and healthcare services in the State.

Earlier in 2018, Government of Telangana had also established Siddipet Medical college which added 150 MBBS seats. The Mahabubnagar Medical College is already functional with 150 MBBS seats from the academic year 2018-19.

“The setting up of the additional medical colleges aim at increasing the tally of MBBS seats offered to at least 2,000 in the coming years,” officials said.

The State government, in order to make the new colleges sustainable, had decided to make them autonomous.

Telangana at present has eight government medical colleges offering a total of 1250 seats. There are 19 private medical colleges in the State offering a total of 1,090 seats.

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