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Centre plans to up intake of seats in all medical colleges

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Ramachandra Gowda
Ramachandra Gowda

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This is to meet the increasing demand for doctors in the country

State needs to improve infrastructure, strength of staff in teaching hospitals: Minister

KIMS-Hubli has already increased intake by

50 seats

Bangalore: Minister for Medical Education Ramachandra Gowda on Tuesday said that the Union Government was thinking of raising the intake of all medical colleges to 250 seats to meet the growing demand for doctors across the country. The State Government, on its part, would have to improve the infrastructure and strength of the medical and para-medical staff in its teaching hospitals, he said.

Speaking to presspersons, Mr. Gowda said the intake of the Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences, Hubli, has been raised by another 50 seats this academic year and it would help in accommodating more students from the State. As many as 1,822 students under the CET would require seats. The Minister said that the Government was filling around 500 posts of Class III and IV employees and para medical staff at the teaching hospitals.

He said there were 3,805 seats, including the recent intake of 50 in Hubli KIMS. Mr. Gowda said that there was a shortage of eight to nine per cent in the teaching staff in all government medical colleges in the State, and that the colleges had been given complete freedom to select professors and assistant professors.

Annual fees

Students in government colleges have to pay Rs.16,700 for the MBBS course and Rs.14,400 for the BDS; the merit students in private colleges have to pay Rs. 35,000 and Rs.25,000 respectively. Under the management quota, students have to pay Rs. 3,25,000 and Rs. 2,35,000 for these courses, respectively, he added.

The Minister said that he had requested the Chief Minister to appoint a one-man committee for fixing the fee structure for medicine and another for engineering, and not to club the two. He said the COMED-K had asked the State Government to raise the fees for merit students to Rs.1 lakh. Even the courts had told the Government that there could not be a huge difference between the fees in government and private colleges.

Funds for branches

The Government had sanctioned Rs.10 crore in the recent Cabinet meeting for starting a branch of Kidwai Institute of Oncology at Hubli. One unit each of Jayadeva Institute of Cardiology would be opened at Mysore and Hubli, and the Mysore Urban Development Authority had sanctioned Rs. 5 crore for constructing a building in Mysore.

He said that 110 acres of government land had been identified at Ramanagaram to establish the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences.

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