India at present has 554 medical colleges, 286 of them government-run and 268 private facilities
A total of 157 medical colleges have been approved since 2014 under a central government-sponsored scheme, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has said.
India at present has 554 medical colleges, 286 of them government-run and 268 private facilities, according to data available with the National Medical Commission (NMC).
The ministry cited the figures in response to Noida-based Right to Information (RTI) activist Amit Gupta's query on the number of medical colleges in the country and the government aid they had received in the past 10 years.
The 157 new medical colleges will come up across the country in three phases. The first phase was launched in 2014. A total of Rs 17,691.08 crore has been spent by the central government during this period.
Over the last 10 years, Rs 2,451.1 crore has been provided under the scheme for the upgrade of existing state government or central government colleges and to increase the number of MBBS seats in the country.
The central government has spent Rs 1,743.89 crore since 2009-10 to strengthen and upgrade state government medical colleges, starting new PG disciplines and increasing PG seats.