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15 more medical colleges in Odisha: Minister

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Nov 22:

The Odisha government plans to build 15 more medical colleges in the state, Minister for Health Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak informed the state Assembly on Friday.

Atanu Sabyasachi
Atanu Sabyasachi

Replying to a question of opposition chief whip Tara Prasad Bahinipati, the district headquarters hospitals in Balasore, Baripada, Koraput, Bolangir and Puri will be upgraded and medical colleges will be established there.

The  government is also working to set up private medical colleges in Rayagada and Gajapati districts on PPP mode. Besides, itt has also given NOCs to six private players interested in setting up colleges on their own.

NTPC in Sundargarh and MCL in Talcher have already signed MOUs with government of Odisha to build medical colleges. While Sahyog Health Care & Research Foundation has signed an MOU to build a college Keonjhar, Nabadiganta Educational Trust is considering Jharsuguda, baripada and Bhubaneswar as a prospective site for its medical college.