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State to get seven new medical colleges

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Thiruvananthapuram: As the long pending demand for a medical college in Malappuram district becoming a reality with the chief minister inaugurating the Medical College Hospital in Manchery on Sunday, the UDF government is planning to set up seven more new medical colleges across the State.

The new medical colleges will be in Kasargod, Idukki, Pathanamthitta and Thiruvananthapuram districts. The government has also proposed medical colleges in Palakkad and Wayanad districts to cater to the need of scheduled castes and scheduled tribes in the districts respectively.

The authorities have already allotted a 60 acre land for the medical college in Badiyadukka panchayat of Kasaragod district. The project will come up with a Rs. 150 crore financial aid of National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD).

NBARD will also finance a similar project at Konni in Pathanamthitta. Chief minister Oommen Chandy had already laid the foundation stone for the medical college on a 55 acre land of the Irrigation department.

In Idukki, the district hospital will be elevated to a medical college status. It will be included in the Central government project of Rural Infrastructure Development Fund to avail funds. The State government will also finance the project.

Thiruvananthapuram will get another medical college as the government has planned to transform the General Hospital to a medical college by constructing new academic blocks, residential block and another building for the hospital on the 26 acre land.

The medical college proposed in Haripad of Alappuzha district will come up as a Public-Private Partnership project in the State. The government will hold an equity share of 26 percent while the private sector will possess the rest.

PGR Pillai, special officer who is responsible for some of the projects told Madhyamam that the colleges in Kasaragod, Thiruvananthapuram, Pathanamthitta and Alappuzha would be ready for inauguration within two years.

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