DHNS Gulbarga: “Our country needs more doctors and plans have been made to rapidly expand the infrastructure to train doctors. We are actively pursuing this through a Centrally-sponsored scheme for establishment of new medical colleges attached with existing district/referral hospitals”, said Union Cabinet Minister of Health & Family Welfare J P Nadda.
The video recorded message of Nadda, who was the chief guest for the Graduation Day ceremony of 2011 batch of Khaja Banda Nawaz Institute of Medical Sciences but couldn’t attend, was played here, on Sunday.
“Under this scheme, 58 new medical colleges are being set up at a total cost of ~ 11,000 crore. We are committed to complete this work by December 2018”, Nadda said.
The minister said that an all-time high record number of over 5,000 medical seats have been approved by Union government, in various medical colleges and hospitals for the academic year of 2017-18 taking the total number of PG seats available to 35,117.This is done due to reforms in Medical Council of India (MCI) regulations.
“To provide thrust to tertiary health sector, our government has already started the process to establish 11 new AIIMS in addition to six already established in our previous term.”
In addition, super speciality blocks are being set up in 70 medical colleges. This apart, two national cancer institutes, 20 state cancer institutes and 50 tertiary cancer care centres are also being set up.
“MBBS is not the end. Medical graduates should go for post graduation to achieve greater feat. Students must acquire degrees like MS, MD and take interest in research in medical sciences also”, he told students. He asked the graduates to take this ‘God given’ opportunity to impact as many lives as possible.
“A small action of a doctor or his small interaction with a patient can provide life to that individual and that is why doctors are still revered in our society.”
He said that he was impressed by the progress of 58-year-old Khaja Education Society and lauded the president of the society Dr Syed Shah Khurso Hussain for doing extraordinary work.
The society now manages 24 institutions among which two are professional institutions.
Guulbarga North MLA Qamarul Islam said that the society, through its institutions, was providing quality education in Gulbarga region, known to be backward. “There was a time when people had to go to Hyderabad to pursue even a degree course. However things have changed now and many education institutions are now dotting Gulbarga”, he said.
Former Union minister Syed Shahnawaz Hussain was the chief guest spoke on the occasion. He also presented degrees to the students.
Dr Syed Shah Khurso Hussaini, president of Khaja Education Society, Gulbarga, Gulbarga South MLA Dattatreya Patil Revoor, MLCs Amarnath Patil and Iqbal Ahmed Saradagi and others were present.
DH News Service
Title photo : Former Union minister Syed Shahnawaz Hussain presenting degree to a medical graduate during the Graduation Day ceremony of Khaja Banda Nawaz Institute of Medical Sciences, in Gulbarga on Sunday. Dr Syed Shah Khurso Hussaini is also seen. dh photo