The national Capital will soon have its own medical university. With the demand for good doctors, nurses and paramedics in Delhi government's own hospitals constantly increasing, the state government is mulling setting up its own university and producing medical staff to bridge the gap.
The Delhi government currently runs more than 30 hospitals in the city. Senior Delhi government officials said the draft proposal to set up University of Medical Sciences is almost ready and is likely to be tabled in the budget session of the Delhi assembly in March this year.
"If the bill is not ready to be tabled, the chief minister can at least make the announcement of setting up the university in her budget speech," a senior government official said.
Though there are seven medical, dental and Ayurvedic colleges being run in the Capital, these colleges are affiliated with different universities and there is an urgent need to set up Delhi's own medical university.
While Maulana Azad Medical College, Maulana Azad Institute of Medical Sciences, Lady Hardinge Medical College and University College of Medical Sciences are a part of Delhi University, Vardhman Mahavir Medical College and Chaudhary Brahmprakash Ayurvedic Charak Sansthan are affiliated with Indraprastha University. All India Institute of Medical Sciences was set up by a special act of Parliament.
Senior Delhi government officials said medical institutions set up under the new university will provide Delhi students with an opportunity to study medicine.
There will be separate colleges for courses in medicine, nursing and paramedics.
"The added advantage is that we will be able to make changes in the curriculum in accordance with technological advancements in the field of medicine in the world. We can have courses and papers in accordance with the current demand," the official said.