After getting approval to establish five government medical colleges in the state, the directorate of medical education (DME) may soon start five private medical colleges too. The DME has sent a letter to the Medical Council of India (MCI) in this regard to conduct inspections of 5 such newly established colleges.
These medical colleges, whose infrastructure is ready, will be able to start once they get the nod from MCI. The MCI inspects newly established medical colleges between January and March to provide approvals. Two of such medical colleges are located at Bhopal, while others are established in Guna, Jabalpur and Indore respectively.
Director of medical education Dr SS Kushwaha said, "The department has sent a letter to Medical Council of India (MCI) to conduct inspections in five new private medical colleges of the state. These medical colleges can start only after the MCI provides approval after inspections."
He said the MCI team would provide approval only if it is satisfied with the number of faculty members, nursing staff, working hospital, clinical material and other facilities considered important for medical education. It is the responsibility of the medical college to ensure all these facilities.
Dr Kushwaha further said the state was facing shortage of doctors for past many years. Under such circumstances, there was an urgent need to start new projects of medical colleges in the state, he added.
The projects of five government medical colleges which received approval from the Centre recently will take time to start. But the construction and staff recruitment of these private medical colleges have already been completed and they are waiting for the MCI's approval. This year the DME received 43 applications to open new private medical colleges in the state.