Process to set up 5 new medical colleges begins

Govt issues notification, appoints Nodal Officers; Admissions this year

The process for setting up of five new Medical Colleges in J&K has formally begun with the issuance of formal notification by the state’s Health and Medical Education Department Friday. The government contemplates to start admissions in these colleges later this year. 
The state government has already sounded the Board of Professional Entrance Examination (BOPEE). The colleges will come up Anantnag (Islamabad) and Baramulla in Kashmir province, while in Jammu province in districts of Doda, Kathua and Rajouri. 
Officials said the medical colleges are being established under the centrally-sponsored scheme of “establishment of new medical colleges attached with district and referral hospitals”.
As per the government notification issued today, each college will have an intake capacity of 100 at the graduate level (MBBS). 
Officials said that Health and Medical Education Minister, Taj Mohi-ud-Din inspected the five proposed sites and asked the concerned authorities to prepare for admissions this year. 
The Government has already appointed Nodal Officers to make these colleges functional. While Dr  Kaisar Ahmad has been appointed as the Nodal Officer for Anantnag Medical College; Dr Javed Choudhary has been appointed the Nodal Officer for Baramulla; Dr Bela Mahajan for Doda,  Dr Shashi Gupta for Kathua and Dr Farooq Geelani for Rajouri.

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