The Karnataka state medical education department has announced that the state government will establish 6 new government medical colleges in the economically backward districts across the state.
After establishing these colleges, Karnataka will become the state with the highest number of medical colleges in the country. The total number of government medical colleges in the state would be 22.
The expenditure of each medical colleges would be approximately Rs 199 crore. Colleges will come up in Tumkur, Chitradurga, Chikkaballapur, Bagalkot, Haveri and Yadgir. These colleges would have 150 MBBS seats each. The establishment of these medical colleges would be finished by the next academic year 2015.
Currently, 16 government medical colleges are functioning at Bangalore, Mysore, Bellary, Hubli, Bidar, Raichur, Belgaum, Shimoga, Hassan and Mandya.
According to the officials, once all the government medical colleges start functioning, the total number of medical seats will be increased to 4,000. Currently, around 2,200 seats are under the government quota. These new colleges will add another 1,800 seats to the seat matrix.