Chennai: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday virtual inaugurated 11 new medical colleges in Tamil Nadu. The new colleges located in Ariyalur, Dindigul, Kallakurichi, Krishnagiri, Nagapattinam, Namakkal, Ramanathapuram, Nilgiris, Tiruppur, Tiruvallur and Virudhunagar will have 1,450 MBBS seats annually. The medical colleges of Ariyalur, Dindigul, Kallakurichi, Krishnagiri, Nagapattinam, Nilgiris and Virudhunagar have an annual admission of 150 students each, while the other colleges enroll 100 students.
The total cost of these colleges, shared by the central and state government, was Rs 4,080 crore. The Centre’s share was Rs 2,145 crore, while the state government’s share was Rs 1,934.6 crore. The Prime Minister also inaugurated the new campus of the Central Institute of Classical Tamil (CICT), which has come up with state-of-the-art infrastructure at Perambakkam near Chennai, built at a cost of Rs 24 crore.
During this, PM Modi said, “Before 2014, there were 387 medical colleges in our country, now this figure has increased to 596 which is a jump of about 54%. Before 2014, there were 82,000 medical undergraduate and post graduate seats, but this figure has increased to 1.48 lakh, which is a jump of about 80%.
Prime Minister Modi said, “In the years to come, I see India as a destination with good and affordable medical care. India has everything necessary to become a hub of medical tourism. I am saying this on the basis of the skills of our doctors.