Mangaluru, July 12,2016: The Coastal city of Mangaluru’s quest for a government medical college is not yet set to be reality. While the state government has set up medical colleges in 16 districts thus far under a stated policy of having one government medical college per each revenue district, it plans to set up medical colleges in districts yet to have one based on availability of basic infrastructure and funds during forthcoming academic year, Sharanprakash R Patil, minister for medical education said.
Replying to a starred question raised by Ivan D’Souza, chief whip of ruling Congress in legislative council on July 11, Monday, the minister said at present there are government medical colleges in Bengaluru, Mysuru, Hubballi, Ballari, Mandya, Hassan, Shivamogga, Raichur, Belagavi, Bidar, Kalaburagi, Gadag, Koppal, Kodagu, Karwar and Chamarajanagar. Medical colleges have been sanctioned for Tumakuru Chitradurga, Bagalkote, Haveri, Yadagir and Chikkaballapur during 2014-15.
The government will examine feasibility of setting up medical colleges in other districts in the forthcoming academic year. Accordingly, the proposal to set up a government medical college in Dakshina Kannada district too will be examined, the minister said, adding that at present students are already undergoing training at the medical colleges set up in above mentioned places after obtaining due statutory clearances from the regulator - MCI, Medical Council of India.
The minister also clarified that there are no instances from any private medical college functioning in Dakshina Kannada district refusing to hold camps in government hospitals in rural areas as directed by the medical education department. Admitting there is a shortage of medical officers in government health set up across Karnataka, the minister said specialists from both government and private medical colleges are filling the lacunae by serving on call basis.