All states have given their nod for the approval of National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), which will come into effect next year, said medical education minister S A Ramdas here on Saturday.
Speaking to mediapersons here, the minister said during a meeting of health and medical education ministers in Delhi, Tamil Nadu (which had initially opposed NEET) has also given its approval. In Karnataka, NEET exams will be held in six centres, including Mysore. Question papers will also be in Kannada to help students from rural and those taught in Kannada.
Ramdas said that the Bill - that mandates one year rural service for fresh MBBS graduates -- is all set to get President's consent in a week's time. "Union health minister will take up the issue with the President. Once it gets the consent, there will be 2,500 fresh graduates available every year for rural service. Among them, 1,500 belong to other states as they come under all-India quota and they can opt to work in rural areas of the respective states, if not here, for a monthly stipend of Rs 40,000," he said. Seven north-eastern states, which are facing a scarcity of doctors, are expected to benefit from this.
Speaking on the new medical colleges proposed in the state, he said they will cost Rs 1,400 crore, of which the Centre will bear Rs 1,100 crore, while the state's share is Rs 300 crore.
Approval has been given for starting centres of holistic integrated medicine at KR Hospital (Mysore), Vani Vilas Hospital (Bangalore), and Kims (Hubli). The government has sanctioned Rs 1.22 crore for the purpose. A centre unit worth Rs 60 crore will come up in KR Hospital premises, for which the centre would give Rs 50 crore.
Source: Times of India
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