Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate 11 New Government Medical Colleges across Tamil Nadu and the new campus of Central Institute of Classical Tamil in Chennai (CICT), on 12th January, 2022 at 4 PM via video conferencing.
The new medical colleges are being established in Virudhunagar, Namakkal, Nilgiris, Tiruppur, Thiruvallur, Nagapattinam, Dindigul, Kallakurichi, Ariyalur, Ramanathapuram and Krishnagiri at an estimated cost of around Rs 4,000 crore of which, around Rs 2,145 crore will come from the Union government.
Meanwhile, the new campus of CICT has been fully-funded by the Central government and built at a cost of ₹24 crore. It has three-storeys and is equipped with a spacious library, seminar halls, a multimedia hall and an e-library.
The new colleges are being opened under the centrally sponsored scheme of ‘Establishing of New Medical Colleges attached with existing district/referral hospital’ which entails the establishment of medical colleges in districts, which do not have either a government or private medical college and will have a cumulative capacity of 1450 seats.
Establishment of 11 medical colleges is being done with a vision to promote affordable medical education and improve health infrastructure across the country.
Alongside, the CITC which will be inaugurated today has a rich collection of over 45,000 ancient Tamil Books. This will help in conducting research for promotion of classical Tamil. It also aims to translate and publish ‘Thirukkural’ in various Indian as well as 100 foreign languages.
According to Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), MBBS seats have been increased by 79.60 per cent (from 51,348 seats to 92,222 seats) and the number of PG seats increased by 80.70 per cent (from 31,185 seats to 56,374 seats) during the last seven years.
So, the total medical seats before 2014 were around 82,500. And in the last seven years, a jump of around 80 per cent or 66,000 seats has taken place.
The total number of medical colleges (both government and private) has increased from 387 to 596, a jump of around 54 per cent, the PMO informed.
(With input from agencies)