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Govt mulls for Medical University in state

Bhubaneswar: In a bid to ensure better medical service, the government has contemplated to set up a medical university in the state. The health department will begin processing after approval of Chief Minister in this regard, Health and Family Welfare minister Damodar Rout Said on Wednesday.
After convening a meeting at the Secretariat over setting up a private medical college and hospital in PPP mode on the premises of Chandapur Basantmanjari Swasthya Niwas in Nayagarh, the Health Minister informed the newsmen that at least 14 medical college and hospitals is going to be set up in the state in PPP mode including some institute’s to be established by the major PSUs like MCL, Nalco and NTPC.
A medical university is needed for the smooth conduct of these colleges in the state, he said.
“We have now three government-run medical college and hospitals in the state while seven private institutes are functioning. A medical university is necessary for the better management of these health institutes,” Rout said.
The centre has mulled to set up 65 medical colleges in the country during 12th five year plan. The state government has proposed the Centre for four medical colleges for Odisha, the minister said, adding the colleges would be established by 75 per cent share of the Centre.
Moreover, the number of seats in three medical colleges will be raised from 150 to 250 for which a whooping Rs 100 crore additional funds have been allocated, Rout said, adding that steps were taken to fill up 122 assistant professor posts with the recruitment of ad-hoc doctors. 

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