Tamil Nadu would not accept the public-private partnership proposal put forth by Niti Aayog under which private medical colleges would be allowed to train their students at district headquarters hospitals, said State Health Minister C Vijaya Baskar.
The four new medical colleges proposed to be set up in Kancheepuram, Kallakurichi, Cuddalore and Ariyalur have received the first stage of approval from the Medical Council of India, while the second stage is pending, he added.
“Though the technical committee has given the nod, the approval from the empowered committee of the Medical Council is awaited. However, there are few challenges as the council says that there can be only one medical college in one district and the district-headquartered hospitals need to be converted. But many districts have government and private medical colleges already functioning,” the Minister said.
Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami would lay foundation stones for all the nine new medical colleges in February, he said. However, the academic session at these colleges, each with 150 seats, would not start from this year.
New facilities to be launched next month: