The team of Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has decide to establish near about 75 government medical college attached with existing district or referral hospitals by 2021-22.

Under the scheme on establishment of new medical colleges we can expect upto addition of at least 15,700 MBBS seats in the country.

The decision were taken under Phase-III of the ongoing Centrally Sponsored scheme.

The Cabinet also sanctioned an expenditure of Rs. 24,375 crore during the 15th Finance Commission period i.e. up to 2021-22.

The main reason to establish new medical colleges were that it would increase the availability of more qualified health professionals by utilizing existing infrastructure of districts hospitals and promote affordable medical education in the country.

These new medical colleges would be set up and serve the purpose in the areas having no medical college with at least 200 bedded District Hospital. Preference will be given to aspirational districts and District Hospitals having 300 beds.

Under the Phase-I and Phase-II the government has already approved the establishment of 58 new medical colleges out these 39 medical colleges under Phase-I, have already started functioning, while the remaining 19 would be made functional by 2020-21.