Hyderabad: The Medical Council of India (MCI) has recommended to the Central government to issue the Letter of Permission (LoP) for establishment of a new government medical college at Siddipet from the academic year 2018-19. The MCI also recommended issuing LoP for setting up a private medical college – Ayaan Institute of Medical Sciences at Kanakamamidi in Rangareddy district, with an intake of 150 seats for the academic year 2018-19.
The Central government is expected to issue LoP by May end, according permission for starting the new medical college at Siddipet following the MCI recommendation under section 10A of the Indian Medical Council Act of 1956. The colleges which received approvals should furnish all infrastructural facilities in terms of teaching and non-teaching staff, buildings, equipment and hospital facilities as per MCI guidelines.
The MCI approval for new medical colleges results in addition of about 300 fresh MBBS seats to Telangana State which has 3,300 MBBS seats in 23 medical colleges. It may be recalled that permissions were issued sanctioning 150 seats to Siddipet medical college about two weeks ago in this regard. The setting up of the medical college had been actively pursued by Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao ever since the formation of the State.
Meanwhile, Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao said the long-cherished dream of the people of Siddipet was coming true which would pave way for better medical facilities in the district. Spread over a massive 50 acres land, the State government spent about Rs 700 crore on the teaching hospital.