By: K. Amruth Rao
Telangana state will have its first government medical college and it will be established in Mahbubnagar district.
The medical college will have an attached hospital initially with 250 beds, which will be increased to 550 in due course, along with laboratories of Pathology, Microbiology, Anatomy and Radiology which are expected to come up in a phased manner.
In the first year the college is likely to have three departments _ Anatomy, Biochemistry and Physiology. The medical and health department authorities have identified a 25-acre land near Tirumala Hills at Yedira village near Jadcherla for construction of the college building.
The government sanctioned Rs 450 crore for construction of the building and infrastructure. Health minister C. Laxma Reddy said, “At present, more than 3 lakh students are competing for just 3,900 medical seats in the state. With increasing fee structures in private medical colleges, it is becoming tough for economically poor students to study MBBS.”
According to director of medical education Ramani, the college will commence classes for the first batch from August next with an initial intake of 150 students. Sources said that the government had already appointed Dr Ashok Reddy, professor of mental health from OU, as principal of the college.
Source: The New Indian Express