Vardhan opens two medical colleges in Rajasthan's Bhilwara, Bharatpur
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NEW DELHI: Two medical colleges in Rajasthan’s Bhilwara and Bharatpur, which have been upgraded by district hospitals, were inaugurated on Wednesday by Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, along with Prime Minister Ashok Gehlot, the Ministry of Health said.

The Rajmata Vijaya Raje Scindia (RVRS) Medical College in Bhilwara and the Bharatpur Medical College as well as three super specialty blocks in Rajasthan were digitally inaugurated in the presence of the Union Minister of Health, Ashwini Kumar Choubey.

The super specialty blocks were added to Government Medical College in Kota, Sardar Patel Medical College in Bikaner, and Ravindra Nath Tagore Medical College in Udaipur.

These projects have a combined investment of Rs. 828 billion, of which Rs. 150 billion has been invested in each of the medical schools with a capacity of 150 students.

Bharatpur Medical College will have 525 beds, including 34 intensive care beds, while RVRS Medical College will have 458 beds, including 12 intensive care beds, the ministry said in its statement.

On that occasion, Vardhan said: “The government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has prioritized reforms in medical education as a key component of governance.”

158 new medical colleges have opened over the past five years, including 42 institutes that were inaugurated as part of the central program to establish medical colleges attached to district hospitals.

“Under this program, 157 new colleges are planned, of which 75 have been approved in 2019-20. The program provides for the establishment of new medical colleges by upgrading district hospitals, preferably in the underserved districts of the country,” he was quoted in the Declaration by the Ministry of Health.

“Over the past five years we have added approximately 26,000 seats in MBBS and 30,000 after graduation. The establishment of such a large number of medical schools and the increase in medical seats in the country are the result of a number of government initiatives and reforms “said Vardhan.

These measures accelerate improved access to tertiary care and the expansion of medical education in underserved areas, he added.

Gehlot thanked the central government for its proactive role in building the health infrastructure in Rajasthan and discussed possible ways in which collaboration between the center and the state can be expanded to help the people of Rajasthan deal with the Covid-19 crisis.

The Union Health Minister stated that as a measure to improve the quality of medical education in the country, a joint entrance examination – NEET – had been introduced and joint advice had been introduced at the state level.

These measures have resulted in complete transparency on medical admission and improved the quality of students and the general standard of medical education, Vardhan said.

“We are determined to undertake similar reforms in other areas of health education. The government recently approved the introduction of a new law on a regulator for all allied and health professionals called the ‘National Commission on Allied and Healthcare Professionals’ Bill’ .

“This bill, when passed, will fill the long-standing vacuum for the regulation and development of more than 50 different allied and health professions,” said the Union Health Minister.

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