The Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS) has finally initiated the process of starting new medical colleges across the state from the 2018-19 academic session.
The varsity has invited proposals for colleges, starting of new PG courses and increasing the intake capacity for undergraduate and post-graduate courses in health sciences from the existing colleges as well as from educational trusts.
“The university has officially invited applications from interested trusts and colleges.Detailed academic notification regarding information, affiliation fee, and proposal format will be shared on the varsity's website by May 25,“ registrar K D Chavan said on Tuesday .
The five-year plan of the MUHS, released last year, had clearly mentioned the need for more medical colleges in the state.
“Currently , the region-wise student intake capacity per one lakh population for Konkan (Mumbai) region is 2.83, Pune region 3.18, Nagpur 4.68, Marathwada (Aurangabad) 2.67, Amravati 2.66 and for Nashik (north Maharashtra) region is 0.54. To increase this ratio, medical colleges will be started,“ stated the report.
The report also has interesting facts about Maharashtra's medical education scenario. At present, there are 13 districts without medical college and 16 without dental college. Besides, there is no ayurvedic college in seven districts, no unani college in 30 districts and no homoeopathy college in nine districts.
There are three districts without any nursing colleges, 20 districts where no physiotherapy colleges, 33 districts where no occupational therapy colleges and 32 district where no BASLP (Bachelor of Audiology Speech Language Pathology) colleges exist.
If this plan goes as per rec ommendations, north Maharashtra will have six new health science institutes, with MBBS, BAMS and nursing colleges in Nashik, homoeopathy in Ahmednagar and Jalgaon, and another nursing college in Ahmednagar. Colleges being established in tribal areas will get more concessions.
Moreover, the Medical Council of India (MCI) has already given its nod for increasing the student-teacher ratio for PG medicine courses. This decision will add up to 1,200 new PG medical seats in state government medical colleges.Such colleges will also apply for increase in intake capacity.
Currently , the doctor to population state average ratio in Maharashtra is 1:481. For allopathy doctors, the ratio is 1:1540.Even if this ratio is better as compared to national average of 1:1700, the state has ample scope for upgrading and improving health services. The state is deficient by as many as 2,08,842 doctors to reach the standard ratio of 1 doctor for 250 patients.