Companies registered under the Company Act will now be allowed to open medical colleges on campuses spread over 10 acres in metros instead of the 25 acres needed earlier.
Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad has given his nod to an overhaul of medical education that will include rationalising land use for setting up colleges, introducing new course, increasing post-graduate seats by 30 per cent to create more specialists and super specialists.
There are 300 medical colleges in the country — which can be run only by the government, trusts and societies — and they produce 23,000 doctors each year.
Amendments to the Medical Colleges Regulations (1999) will allow medical colleges to be run in high-rises built on 10 acre-plots in metros and grade-A cities. “Since land availability is a problem, we’ve shifted to the concept of total built area required for essential infrastructure including the college, hostels, hospitals, libraries, etc,” said Dr Ketan Desai, president, Medical Council of India.
This means Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, for example, can open a college on its 15-acre campus in Delhi, if it so desires.
“The amendments were needed as there’s an acute shortage of doctors and we need at least 50,000 medical graduates each year,” said cardiac surgeon and Global Health chairman Dr Naresh Trehan.