The Center has allocated 945 crore for five new Government Medical Colleges (GMCs) in Jammu and Kashmir, which would come up at Doda, Kathua, and Rajouri (all three in Jammu region), Anantnag, and Baramulla (both in Kashmir division).
The cost of each medical college would come to around 189 crore. The new medical colleges would give major boost to health infrastructure in the state, especially in the semi-urban and rural belts. Out of 189 crore, 69 crore will be used for construction work, 40 crore for hostel/faculty residences,
30 crore for upgradation of teaching/nearby district hospital and 50 crore for procurement of machinery/equipment.
The Center has agreed to bear 90 percent of the total cost of all five medical colleges, while the state government has to contribute only 10 percent. Each medical college would have the strength of 500 beds and a total of 2500 beds would be added when five new colleges come up in the state, for which a deadline of 2 years has been set. Presently, the lone Government Medical College in Jammu has 150 MBBS seats. The GMC Srinagar has also an equal number of seats while Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Science, Soura, has 100 medical seats.
The evaluation committee has identified requirement of 675 faculty members and technical staff that would be required for running five new medical colleges in the state. Process for engaging such a large number of faculty and technical staff would be started well in advance so that the medical colleges are made operational well in time.