No government medical colleges for either Ramanagara or Kanakapura this year

The State presently has 70 medical colleges in both government and private sector

Updated - July 11, 2024 12:52 pm IST

Published - July 07, 2024 08:07 am IST - Bengaluru

The National Medical Commission (NMC) has approved four new undergraduate medical colleges for Karnataka.

The National Medical Commission (NMC) has approved four new undergraduate medical colleges for Karnataka.

The National Medical Commission (NMC) has refused permission for the government medical colleges in Ramanagara and Kanakapura at the last stage, as staff recruitment and adequate infrastructural facilities are yet to be provided.

During the spot verification of the colleges by the NMC team, it was noticed that the infrastructure and staff recruitment works were not completed. So, it rejected the application, sources said.

Earlier, the State government’s decision to shift the proposed government medical college to Kanakapura planned on the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Science (RGUHS) campus at Ramanagara, had kicked up a political row. It had become a prestige issue between Deputy Chief Minister D.K. Shivakumar and Union Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy. Eventually, both places have failed to the get the medical colleges this academic year.

However, the State government had submitted a proposal to the NMC to seek permission to start a government medical college in the District Hospital in Ramanagara and Taluk Hospital in Kanakapura, along with three other private medical colleges for the state from the academic year of 2024-25.

Finally, BGS Medical College and Hospital at Nagarur, Bengaluru North, has got permission with an intake of 150 seats, PES University Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Konappana Agrahara, Electronics City, Bengaluru with 100 seats and S.R. Medical College at Bagalkot with 100 seats.

Speaking to The Hindu, B.L. Sujatha Rathod, Director, of the Directorate of Medical Education said, “Earlier, there was an opportunity to carry out staff recruitment and infrastructure development in a phased manner. However, this time action has been taken to permit colleges with full staff and infrastructure. Therefore, the NMC has rejected the applications of medical colleges that were intended to be established in Ramanagara and Kanakapura. So, the application will be submitted again next year with full preparations.”

The State presently has 70 medical colleges in both the government and private sector, with 11,745 medical seats available in 2023-24. With NMC’s nod to start three medical colleges this year, Karnataka will add 350 seats to its kitty, taking the total number of medical seats to 12,095.

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