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Cabinet clears roadmap for three medical colleges

Shillong, Aug 24: The state cabinet on Friday finalised the roadmap to start three medical colleges in Meghalaya.

The procedure will start for the medical colleges in Shillong, Tura and Ri Bhoi district.


Briefing reporters after the cabinet meeting, the government spokesperson and cabinet minister Ampareen Lyngdoh said a committee has been constituted and a proposal made on how the colleges will be set up and operationalised.

For the Shillong Medical College, the health department is exploring to leverage the existing resources like Civil Hospital, Shillong, Ganesh Das Hospital and existing human resources like specialist doctors and others who can potentially become faculty members.

Tura Medical College is already in the pipeline and the health department will finalise the functioning of the medical college including human resource.

The government is exploring a PPP model through tie up with reputed medical institutions to operationalise the medical college.

The PA Sangma International Medical College in Ri Bhoi District, is a private initiative by USTM Meghalaya which has come up with a mutually-beneficial proposal where it is offering free and concessional medical seats to the students of the state and requesting for financial assistance through a repayable loan which is being considered to go on a Swiss Challenge mode (contract by private player).

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