Odisha, February 2, Abhijit Saha: At present there are three government medical colleges in Berhampur, Cuttack and Burla and five other private medical colleges in Odisha.
Steps are being taken by the state government to build up nine more medical colleges distributed throughout different places in Odisha and also trying to increase the number of seats for students of MBBS course in two existing government colleges from 150 to 250 from the next academic year. Seats of medical college in Cuttack were increased last year.
Mr. PK Mohapatra, State Health Secretary said that steps are being taken by them to set up nine more medical colleges in different parts of the state each with 100 seats. He also said that four district headquarter hospitals in Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Balangir and Koraput would be promoted to medical colleges. He also added soon they would ask for tender to promoters who would like to build up medical colleges in Rayagada and Gajapati districts in public/private partnership.
In the meantime government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) for instituting a medical college at Sundargarh and one more MoU is supposed to signed up soon with Mahanadi Coal Ltd (MCL) and another private promoter for building up medical college at Talcher and Nayagarh.
25 acres of land and financial support will be provided from the government to the promoters of Rayagada and Gajpati if the promoters have experience in medical education.
To scrutinize the facilities available in these colleges, a team from Medical Council of India (MCI) is supposed to visit Odisha in the month of June this year. Mr Mohapatra said that infrastructure facilities in these two colleges will be improved shortly.