Tamil Nadu : Out of the total 29 states in India, Tamil Nadu is one of the most literate. In the year 2011, the literacy rate of the state was 80.33% which is much above the national average 74.04 percent. Tamil Nadu is ranked amongst the top Indian states with about 100% Gross Enrollment Ratio (GER) in primary and upper primary education.
On Saturday Chief Minister Jayalalithaa gave the official nod to set up government medical colleges in Karur and Pudukottai districts. During the state assembly last year she announced that a sum of Rs. 229.46 crore has been sanctioned for constructing the college in Karur. When the institution will be functional, it will admit somewhere around 150 students.
The lands have been identified where the institutions will be established. Upon commencement on the initial basis keeping up with traditional practice, the newly opened institutions will be attached to respective government headquarters hospital.
Increase in Number of Seats
In the last four years, number of MBBS seats in the state run medical colleges had increased by 710. In the present year the number of MBBS seats is somewhere around 2655 as compared to the academic session 2011-12 during which it was approximately 1945.
Approval from MCI
In the last four years, Medical Council of India (MCI) gave nod to seven government medical colleges for cumulatively admitting 410 students.
Ms. Jayalalithaa also sanctioned the post of administrative officer / dean so as to kick start with the preliminary works involved in setting up the medical college at Pudukottai.
The main reason behind the establishment of medical institutions is that it was the vision of Chief Minister to set up government medical college in every district in the state. In lieu of this during the year 2012-13, the AIADMK government established a medical college in Sivaganga. In the year 2013-14, the medical college was opened in Tiruvannamalai while in Omandurar Government Estate in Chennai, the same was set up in the year 2014-15.
At present Tamil Nadu has 37 universities, 552 engineering colleges, 1150 arts college, 2550 schools and 5000 hospitals. Diploma, post-diploma, degree, post graduate courses and research programmes are offered by Tamil Nadu Directorate of Technical Education (TNDTE) under the aegis of the Tamil Nadu Higher Education Department.
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