16 New Medical Colleges with around 2,000 MBBS seats to Come up in Andhra Pradesh
Amravati: In an attempt to boost the healthcare facilities in the State and also to develop medical education infrastructure, Andhra Pradesh is soon going to come up with 16 new medical colleges. The Chief Minister of the State YS Jagan Mohan Reddy would be laying the foundation stone for the 14 new medical institutions today on the virtual medium from Amravati.
These new medical colleges will come up at Paderu, Vizianagaram, Anakapalli, Rajahmundry, Palakollu, Amalapuram, Eluru, Machilipatnam, Bapatla, Markapuram, Piduguralla, Madanapalli, Pulivendula, Penukonda, Adoni and Nandyal. The entire project would cost around Rs 7880 crore.
Among these, Vizianagaram, Anakapalli, Rajahmundry, Eluru, Machilipatnam will have 150 medical seats each, and the rest of the colleges would provide 100 seats for the medical aspirants, taking up the total number of seats in the State to 2,000. After the realization of this project, poor students would get more chances to pursue medical education as 70 percent of the seats would be available in the convener quota and 30 percent in payment quota.
Construction work for Paderu, Piduguralla, Pulivendula medical colleges have already started and the government is evaluating tenders for the rest of the proposed institutes reports the New Indian Express.
As per the latest media report by the Zee News, taking note of the shortage of healthcare facilities during the pandemic, the Government had proposed to ramp up the medical infrastructure and for this purpose proposal had been brought forward to add five new medical colleges in addition to the already existing 11 colleges that were earlier announced.
Medical Dialogues had earlier reported that bringing joy to the medical aspirants in the state and aiming at improving the healthcare facilities the Andhra Pradesh government back in March had given an administrative nod to the allotment of Rs 5,800 crore for the construction of 12 new medical colleges. Among these, the government had allotted Rs 475 crore for building a medical college in Bapatla.
Apart from that, the State Government has now given direction to construct multi-specialty hospitals in the tribal areas including Seethampeta, Parvathipuram, Rampachodavaram, Buttayigudem and Dornala. For this purpose, 885 acres of land had been procured as well.
These proposed medical colleges and teaching hospitals plan to offer emergency, casualty, and diagnostic services, with advanced Intensive care units, and 10 state of art Modular Operation Theatres, adds the Daily.
New Indian Express adds that Minister for Transport and I&PR Perni Venkataramaiah supervised the arrangements in Machilipatnam for the foundation stone laying ceremony scheduled to take place on Monday. Seating arrangements were directed to be made following the Covid protocols.
He further informed the daily that the medical college at Machilipatnam will be constructed on 75 acres of land and the project would cost around Rs 550 crores. After the realization of the project, the college will also offer a teaching hospital offering a 550-bed capacity. Steps have been taken to ensure that the college remains connected with a 60-feet-wide road for better connectivity. Besides, plans for a railway flyover have also been made. The college will be operational from the next academic year.
On the other hand, the medical college at Vizianagaram had been promised by the Chief Minister himself during his Praja Sankalpa Yatra. Constructed upon 70 acres of land, this new medical college would ramp-up the local medical infrastructure and the locals would not have to rush to Visakhapatnam for medical emergency.
M Harijawaharlal, the district collector, informed the daily that people were very happy as their long-cherished dream was going to become a reality further assuring that the construction would be completed within due time. Vizianagaram MLA Kolagatla Verabhadra Swamy also opined that the new medical college would be proved to be a boon for the underprivileged students.
The Hans India has mentioned that among these 16 new medical colleges, Kurnool district alone is going to have two new medical colleges- one at Nandyal and another one at Arekal village on the national highway between Yemmignur and Adoni.
The proposed college at Nandyal would be built upon 50 acres of land and the one at Adoni would be constructed on 55.44 acres. The project would cost around Rs 475 crores for each of those colleges.
Both these medical colleges will have a teaching hospital, medical college, nursing college, maternity block, doctors quarters besides guest houses, central drug store, bio medical waste plant room, medical gas pipelines, oxygen storage tanks, oxygen generating plant, and an open-air theatre, adds the daily.
Arrangements have been made at both the places for the foundation ceremony following Covid protocols. The joint collector M V K Srinivasulu along with Nandyal Sub-Collector Kalpana Kumari visited Nandyal for this purpose. They have issued directions in this regard to ensure no disruption at the program. LED screens have been arranged for this purpose and in fact, arrangements for generators have also been made so that there must not be any power failures.