Hyderabad: A day ahead of the State Formation Day celebrations, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) has accorded permission to the State government to establish a medical college at Siddipet with a capacity of 150 MBBS seats for the academic year 2018-19.
The permission has been accorded for a year and will be renewed on a yearly basis following verification of achievement of annual targets. The process of renewal of permission will continue based on the infrastructure and expansion of the hospital facilities as per the Medical Council of India (MCI) norms. The Siddipet government medical college will account for 15 per cent of MBBS seats in the all India quota.
The medical colleges in Siddipet and Mahabubnagar were much sought after by the health authorities, following keen interest shown by Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on the project. The medical college at Mahabubnagar, with another 150 seats, is functional and has entered its third academic year.
To tackle the difficulty in recruiting talented faculty members in teaching hospitals, the State government has also accorded semi-autonomous status to Mahabubnagar and Siddipet medical colleges.
Proposals are being prepared to set-up two more medical colleges with 150 MBBS seats each at Nalgonda and Suryapet. It may be recalled that a month ago, the Centre had accorded permission to set up All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), which is another big boost for medical education in Telangana.
At present, Telangana has eight government medical colleges, Including ESIC Medical College in Sanathnagar, offering a total of 1,250 seats.