The state government has decided to woo private companies that wish to invest in medical education sector. Some of the SOPs that would be given to such companies include concession in stamp duties, discount in power tariff, relaxation in no objection certificate rules and other infrastructure facilities.
Confirming this a medical education officer said, “Lots more (SOPs) are on the platter to encourage private companies to invest in the medical education sector.” Chief secretary Javed Usmani has directed the medical education department to prepare a draft policy for opening medical college in private sector. The medical education department has planned to hold a meeting with the private companies on September 14 to get their feedback over opening of medical college.
At present there are 25 medical colleges in UP of which 10 colleges are run by the state government while 15 are private colleges. A medical education department officer said, “All efforts are being made to draw the private companies to invest in the medical education sector. A team of officers would visit Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh to study the private medical education model of both the states. The committee would submit its report to the state government and some of the models of the south Indian states might be adopted by UP to motivate the private sector in the medical education.”
The officer further said, “We have received few proposals for setting up the medical college but majority of the groups wish to set up the college in west UP in districts lying close to Delhi. Whereas the state government has urged the private companies to invest in 3 divisions (Devi Patan, Mirzapur and Basti) and 51 districts that does not have medical college. “We are waiting for response from private companies” the officer said and added, “once the draft policy with various concessions was made public we hope to get more investment.”
Earlier, a private company that wished to set up a medical college had to acquire 25-acre land for construction of the college and hospital. The companies faced problem in acquiring large chunk of land. The rule has been relaxed and now 20-acre land would be required to set up the medical college. Earlier, the medical college was set up on single piece land. “If the private group faces problem in getting 20 acres at a spot then they can acquire 10 acres at separate spots,” the medical education department officer said.