MUMBAI: The medical education department (MED) on Thursday submitted three comprehensive proposals to the medical council of India (MCI) for setting up new medical colleges in Mumbai, Nandurbar and Alibaug from the 2011-12 academic session. A proposal to set up another medical college in the suburbs, preferably in Bandra, is also in the pipeline.
“We propose to set up three new medical colleges, with an intake capacity of 100 each. We have urged the MCI to fast-track our proposals, so that we can launch these institutions from the 2011-12 academic session,” a senior MED official said.
Nandurbar and Alibaug medical colleges will come up in existing district hospitals, while in Mumbai, GT Hospital will house a medical college. “All these hospitals have adequate infrastructure for setting up new medical colleges,” the official said.
The MED has also proposed enhancing the intake capacity of government medical colleges in Mumbai (JJ Hospital), Nagpur and Pune, from 200 to 250 each. “With the existing infrastructure, we can increase the intake capacity of these medical colleges. We have taken it up with the MCI,” he said.The MED also plans to fill up teaching and paramedical posts as per MCI norms.