Assam Cabinet: In order to improve healthcare and medical education, the state government plans to establish 15 new medical colleges-cum-hospitals in Assam, in addition to the existing nine.
According to reports, civil works for the construction of seven new medical colleges are currently underway. These are located in Guwahati at Nalbari, Kokrajhar, Nagaon, Tinsukia, Charaideo, Biswanath Chariali, and Kalapahar. Civil works on the medical colleges in Nalbari, Kokrajhar, and Nagaon have reached 90% completion, while work on Tinsukia has reached 80% completion. The ones at Charaideo and Biswanath Chariali have seen 25% of civil works completed.
On the other hand, among other significant decisions, the Assam Cabinet decided to add two additional reserved seats in the state’s medical colleges for students from each of the six communities seeking ST status – Koch-Rajbonghshi, Tai Ahom, Moran, Matak, Chutia, and Tea Tribes.
It is to be noted that according to reports, Over the years, the medical education sector in India has faced numerous challenges. In the last five years, there has been a 100% increase in the number of students taking MBBS exams, but only 23,000 undergraduate medical seats have been added. Government colleges have been a major driver, accounting for 60% of the new MBBS seats added.
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On the other hand, The government has already set aside funds for medical colleges in Tamulpur (Rs 666.94 crore), Dhemaji (Rs 602.225 crore), Bongaigaon (Rs 610.67 crore), Morigaon (Rs 647.58 crore), and Golaghat (Rs 647.58 crore) (Rs 631.82 crore). It is worth noting that the state’s nine functional medical colleges and hospitals are located in Dibrugarh, Guwahati, Silchar, Jorhat, Tezpur, Barpeta, Diphu, Lakhimpur, and Dhubri (which was virtually inaugurated on Thursday by President Droupadi Murmu).
he cabinet has decided to raise the upper age limit for entry-level positions in medical colleges from 38 to 40 years for general applicants, 41 to 43 years for OBC/MOBC applicants, and 43 to 45 years for SC/ST applicants.