A total of 157 new medical schools have been approved under a nationally sponsored program since 2014 and funds of 17,691.08 crore have been spent there, according to an official response to a request from RTI.
In response to the request filed under the Right to Information Act (RTI), the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the MoHFW said there were 554 faculties of medicine, including 286 government-run and 268 private, citing data available from the National Medical Commission (NMC).
In response to a question from Amit Gupta, a Noida-based RTI activist about the number of medical schools in the country and the government support they have received over the past 10 years, the MoHFW said its Medical Education Section (ME II) administered a centrally sponsored program (CSS) for the establishment of new medical schools attached to existing district / referral hospitals.
“Under this program, 157 new medical schools were approved across the country in three phases. The first phase of this program was launched in 2014. A fund of Rs 17,691.08 crore was spent by the central government during this period, ”the ministry said. declared.
Of all annual financial assistance from the Center over the past 10 years, the ministry said: “Approximately Rs. 2,451.1 crore has been provided under CSS since 2014 for the upgrading of existing government medical schools. state / central government in order to increase MBBS seats in the country. ”These figures were mentioned from 2014 in the response to the RTI query.
The ministry said: “As part of the CSS for strengthening and upgrading state government medical schools for starting new PG disciplines and increasing PG seats, the central government has spent 1 743.89 crore rupees from 2009 to 2010. ” However, the ministry said that no “annual” support under this SSC of ME-II sections is provided to government medical schools.
(Edited by : Jomy Jos Pullokaran)