Medical Colleges Plan

Orissa should have at least one medical College in each of the 13 undivided districts, the districts with announced or under construction medical colleges should have them operational by 2015 and the districts with neither should have construction for a medical college started by 2015 and operational by 2020. The current status is as follows:
  1. Cuttack: SCB Medical College, Cuttack (state govt.)
  2. Berhampur: MKCG Medical College, Berhampur (state govt.)
  3. Sambalpur: VSS Medical College, Burla (state govt.)
  4. Puri: 
    • Hi-Tech Bhubaneswar (private), 
    • KIMS Bhubaneswar (private), 
    • SUM hospital & Medical College Bhubaneswar (private), 
    • Gandhi Dental College Bhubaneswar (private)
    • AIIMS Bhubaneswar (central govt.) Under construction
    • Railway Medical College Bhubaneswar (announced)
    • Vedanta University Medical College Puri (announced)
    • Sri Sri University Medical College, Bhubaneswar (announced)
  5. Dhenkanal: MCL has announced a medical college in Talcher.
  6. Koraput: State is pushing the center to have a medical college associated with Central University of Orissa being sanctioned in the 11th plan.
  7. Kalahandi: WODC based medical college under construction (private with seed money and land by govt.)
  8. Sundergarh: WODC based medical college under construction at Rourkela (private with seed money and land by govt.)
  9. Balangir: WODC based medical college - MOU to be signed with RVS group (private with seed money and land by govt.)
  10. Balasore: Strong efforts from locals, but no solution yet.
  11. Mayurbhanj: None
  12. Keonjhar: None
  13. Boudha-Kandhamala: None 
Besides using private sources, ideally it would be good to have a state funded medical college in each of the undivided districts. But if the state finances can not afford that, the following should be attempted.
  • Kalahandi
    • Vedanta should be pushed to have branch of Vedanta University Medical College in Bhawanipatna with air-ambulance facilities to Puri for patients that can not be treated in the local branch.
    • For better viability of the WODC based medical college, the state government should sponsor 20 students per batch at the rate of 5 lakhs/student/year. These students would be required to sign a bond to work for five years in Kalahandi district after their graduation. Attempts should be made to find private sponsors for 10 other students per batch.
  • Sundergarh 
    • The first ESIC medical college should be established in Rourkela. 
    • SAIL should be pushed to establish a medical college in Rourkela. 
    • For better viability of the WODC based medical college in Rourkela, the state government should sponsor 20 students per batch at the rate of 5 lakhs/student/year. These students would be required to sign a bond to work for five years in Sundergarh district after their graduation. Attempts should be made to find private sponsors for 10 other students per batch.
  • Balangir
    • For better viability of the WODC based medical college, the state government should sponsor 20 students per batch at the rate of 5 lakhs/student/year. These students would be required to sign a bond to work for five years in Balangir district after their graduation. Attempts should be made to find private sponsors for 10 other students per batch.
    • The government should pursue for a top-notch Ayurvedic research institution (such as National Institute of Arurveda) to be established in the foot-hills of the Gandhamardan hills.
  • Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar: 
    • A slightly different model than the WODC model should be used here. Private parties should be invited to set up a medical college and use the district hospital in Balasore, Baripada and Keonjhar respectively. Like the WODC model, the government should provide free land and start-up money of 10 crores. But in lieu of the beds at the district medical college as well as the doctors there, there should be some number of free seats. In addition, similar to the suggestions for the WODC medical colleges in Kalahandi, Rourkela and Balangir, the government could sponsor certain number of seats by paying 5 lakhs/student/year.
  • Boudha-Kandhamal: 
    • This district deserves special attention. The government should offer 50 acres and 20 crores to invite a top-notch organization to set up private medical colleges in Phulbani. Special efforts should be made to approach Christian organizations for a CMC type of institution and Hindu organizations for a Ayurvedic medical college. 

If the state can afford to open couple of government medical colleges then the following picture lists the existing government medical colleges and the planned government medical colleges (one as part of Central University of Orissa, Koraput and another at Talcher to be made by MCL)  and shows in blue the two locations where new government medical colleges should be established so as to bring a regional balance. The two locations are: (i) Somewhere in Bhawnipatna-Kesinga-Titlagarh area and (ii) somewhere in Baripada-Balasore area.




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