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Boost from Centre: Union Territory of Ladakh to get a government medical college soon

The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare plans to establish 75 new medical colleges throughout the country.

In a major boost to health and medical education sector in the Himalayan region, the Central government on Monday announced its decision to build a new medical college in the Leh district of Ladakh region, reports ANI.

According to the reports, the Jammu and Kashmir Health and Medical Education Department has prepared a detailed project report (DPR) and technical report for construction of the government medical college as per the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare for the opening of 75 new medical colleges throughout the country.

The department is in consultation with the Leh Deputy Commissioner. The Ladakh Hill Development Council has identified 201 kanals of land at Shey Sindhu Ghat village for the college. The DPR for establishing the college will be submitted within three days to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

“The new medical college in this hilly region shall go a long way not only in the healthcare sector but also for strengthening the engine of development in the region,” said the statement.

Reportedly, the officials stated that the centre is likely to allocate Rs 325 crore to build the medical college. Out of the total funds, Rs 115 crore will be spent on college, Rs 80 crore on hostel and homes for students and faculty, Rs 70 crore on medical equipment and Rs 60 crore on up-gradation of a teaching hospital.

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