Govt mulls Medical University in state

Bhubaneswar: In a bid to increase the level of medical education and ensure better health services in Odisha, the state government has contemplated to set up a medical university in Odisha. The health department will start processing in this reagard after Chief Minister's approval, Health and Family Welfare minister Damodar Rout said on Wednesday.
After convening a meeting at the Secretariat over setting up a private medical college and hospital in PPP mode on the premises of Chandapur Basantmanjari Swasthya Niwas in Nayagarh, the minister informed the newsmen that at least 14 medical college and hospitals are going to be set up in the state in PPP mode including some institute which will be established by major PSUs like MCL, Nalco and NTPC.
A medical university is needed for the smooth conduct of these colleges in the state, he said.
“We have now three government-run medical college and hospitals in the state while seven private institutes are functioning. A medical university is necessary for the better management of these health institutes,” Rout said.
While the Centre has planned to set up 65 medical colleges in the country during 12th five year plan, Odisha proposed for four such institutes in the state which would come up with 75 per cent financial assistance from the Centre, Rout said.
Moreover, the number of seats in three medical colleges will be raised from 150 to 250 for which a whopping Rs 100 crore additional funds have been allocated, Rout said, adding that steps were taken to fill up 122 assistant professor posts with the recruitment of ad-hoc doctors.