The Government today said that 157 new medical colleges have been approved under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS) in three phases. In a written reply in Rajya Sabha, Health and Family Welfare Minister, Dr. Harshvardhan said that these new medical colleges are attached with existing district and referral hospitals. He further said, under the scheme, a new medical college can be taken up by upgradation of a district hospital. The Minister said, such projects can be approved in districts where there are no pre-existing government or private medical colleges.
In phase-I of the scheme, 58 districts in 20 states and union territories have been approved for establishment of medical colleges. The total cost of establishment of one medical college under this phase is 189 crore rupees. Meanwhile, the minister stated that the entire central share of 7541 crore rupees has been released to the state and union territories for these medical colleges. The Minister said, out of the 58 medical colleges, 46 have become functional.
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