As per recent notification by Medical Council of India, Bengal will have now five new medical colleges at Diamond Habour, Raiganj, Rampurhat, Purulia and Cooch Behar in 2019. So by this year, there will be an additional 500 MBBS seats beside the existing 2,600 seats in government and private medical colleges.
As the colleges will be set up in the existing district hospitals, the State Government will be responsible to upgrade the facilities at these institutes. The health department has already taken steps to augment the hospitals to medical colleges.
However, they lay apprehensions whether the senior teachers would prefer to join these colleges as they are far from Kolkata.
Though these hospitals are super speciality hospitals, they lacked several facilities. As these hospitals lack proper infrastructure, a major thrust has been given or creating hostels and quarters to set up laboratories, library, auditorium, lecture halls and research units.
Medical education director Debashis Bhattacharyya stated that they are applying to the Centre and MCI for inspection and clearance of these medical colleges. Everyone is happy with the order of new medical colleges coming up. The Centre has already granted Rs 499 crore for setting up these colleges in districts, where no institution existed. The Centre’s share remains 60% while the state will bear 40% recurring cost including salaries of teachers and staffs.