Nod for Health Ministry's Proposal to Upgrade Govt Medical Colleges to Increase PG Seats

The Centre on Thursday approved the proposal of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for continuation of the centrally sponsored scheme for strengthening and upgradation of state government medical colleges for increase in post graduate seats in the country.

Published: 07th February 2014 09:33 AM  |   Last Updated: 07th February 2014 09:33 AM   |  A+A-

The Centre on Thursday approved the proposal of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for continuation of the centrally sponsored scheme for strengthening and upgradation of state government medical colleges for increase in post graduate seats in the country.

Medical-Colleges.jpgThe meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh approved the proposed central assistance share of `1,124 crore and State/UT share of `226 crore. The continuation of the scheme at a total cost of `1,350 crore will result in an increase of about 4000 seats.

The funding pattern will be 75:25 by Central and State Governments. Out of `1124 crore, an amount of `686.02 crore has already been released to 72 government medical colleges.

This scheme was launched during the 11th Plan in the year 2009-10.

The CCEA also approved the proposal to convert and expand pilot programme of burn injuries into a full-fledged national programme during the ongoing Plan Period with opening of burn management and rehabilitation centres in state government medical colleges. According to the proposal, the programme, launched during the 11th Plan Period, would be converted into a ‘national programme on prevention and management of burn injuries’ during the remaining part of the 12th Plan Period.

Infrastructural facilities for burn management and rehabilitation in 67 state government medical colleges will be established in different states at an estimated cost of `407.21 crore under the initiative.

The CCEA also approved the proposal of the Department of Health Research in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for the grant-in-aid scheme for Inter-Sectoral Convergence and Coordination for Promotion and Guidance on Health Research during the 12th Plan period at an estimated cost of `1242 crore covering about 750 projects of different duration and cost.

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