The Punjab government will set up four new government medical colleges in the state at a cost of Rs 1,500 crore. Medical Education and Research Minister O. P. Soni gave this information here on Wednesday. After laying the foundation stone of the boundary wall of Dr B R Ambedkar Government Institute of Medical Sciences here, he said that these colleges would be built in Mohali, Hoshiarpur, Kapurthala and Malerkotla.
Soni said that soon there will be 500 doctors every year from medical colleges, after which there will be no shortage of doctors in Punjab. He said that at present there are about 1,400 MBBS seats in the medical colleges of Punjab which will increase by 500 once the college opens.
He said that land is available for all the colleges but Dr B R Ambedkar Government Institute of Medical Sciences in Mohali would be the first to start functioning as already 300 bedded hospital is there which is just to be connected with the medical college. The minister said that about eighty per cent teachers have been recruited for the medical college of Mohali and the process of recruitment of other medical staff is underway.