Guwahati: The Assam government on Wednesday announced that three new medical colleges, with an intake capacity of 100 students and bed capacity of 500 each, will be set up in the state. The foundation stone for the new institutions will be laid in January next year.
The new medical colleges will be established in Nalbari, Kokrajhar and Tinsukia districts. The foundation stone for the Nalbari Medical college will be laid on Januray 7 next year. The project will come at an estimated cost of Rs 398.31 crore and will be implemented with financial assistance from the Non Lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR) along with the state government’s budgetary allocation.
The Kokrajhar Medical College will be built at a cost of around Rs 382.70 crore from the state budget, the foundation stone for which will be laid on January 6 next year.
Similarly, the medical college at Tinsukia will be built a cost of Rs 404.63 crore, which will be funded by the Assam Infrastructural Financing Authority. The foundation stone of the Tinsukia Medical College will be laid on Januray 9 next year.
Announcing the new medical colleges, Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the medical colleges will boost the healthcare system in the state by producing good doctors. He also said that the construction of the three medical colleges is expected to be completed in three years.
Currently, Assam has six medical colleges with 726 MBBS seats and a total of 495 PG seats.
Apart from the proposed medical colleges, four medical colleges are already under construction in the state in Dhubri, Lakhimpur, Nagaon and Diphu. Once these four medical colleges start operations, the total intake capacity in medical colleges will go up to 1,126. The medical colleges will start functioning from 2020-21.