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India to get 58 new medical colleges in states poorly served by doctors

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g123 (Published 10 January 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g123
  1. Sanjeet Bagcchi
  1. 1Kolkata

India’s government has approved a proposal to establish 58 new medical colleges in states that currently lack them by upgrading district and referral hospitals.1

The government said that each new college would have capacity for 100 new medical students, leading to 5800 new medical school seats. India currently has 381 medical colleges. The government has not announced when the new colleges would be set up.

To establish the new colleges, India’s central government will provide Rs84.6bn rupees (£830m; €1bn; $1.4bn) and the state governments will …

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