Uttar Pradesh is fast turning into a centre for quality medical education. In turning into a medical education hub, UP has left many states behind.
The fact is further endorsed with a sudden and evident increase in the MBBS seats in the state government and private sector. Now, after Karnataka and Maharashtra, the maximum number of MBBS seats are in UP.
Figures of the Medical Health Department show that till three years ago there were 5,100 seats of MBBS in the state, which increased to 7,150. This is reportedly for the first time that UP has moved towards becoming a hub of medical education by increasing medical seats.
After Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath came to power, he decided to open a new medical college. As of 2016, there were 12 medical colleges in the state. The foundation of 28 medical colleges was laid between the year 2017 and 2019, out of which 7 medical colleges have started teaching work.
Teaching and training will be started in eight medical colleges by next year. Construction of 13 new medical colleges is going to start soon. For the state the coming up of the Gorakhpur and Rae Bareli AIIMS has been a milestone in itself.
About 9 to 10 thousand seats of MBBS will be admitted every year in UP in the next three to four years.
Yogi Government has established Atal Bihari Vajpayee Medical University in Lucknow, giving unified form of administrative system of medical education. While medical colleges were affiliated to different state universities, affiliation is being given to the same university.
The Yogi government has also been making planned efforts to train nursing and paramedical staff in the state. Up to three years ago, there were about 500 institutes training nursing staff in the state, which had 21 thousand seats.
Now the number of nursing institutions has increased to about 750, out of which 36,500 seats have been raised.