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Union Budget 2017: Offerings for Medical PG Aspirants

Feb 04, 2017

Union Budget for the fiscal year 2017-2018 was presented by Finance Minister Sh. Arun Jaitley on February 1st 2017.

The Budget has positive offerings for the Healthcare sector and Medical PG Aspirants.

A massive Rs. 48,853 Crore has been allocated to the Healthcare sector this year as opposed to Rs. 38, 206 Crore last year.

This reflects a raise of Rs. 10, 647 crore which corresponds to 27.86% jump over 2016-17.

This blog will familiarize you with what all the Union Budget has in store for Medical PG aspirants.


Union Budget 2017-18: Offerings for Medical PG Aspirants

Now, we will list the Announcements in the Union Budget which will prove beneficial for the Medical PG aspirants:

Creation of 5,000 Additional PG Medical Seats

In order to deal with the problem of acute shortage of Doctors in the nation and to ensure adequate availability of Specialist Doctors to strengthen Secondary and Tertiary levels of Health Care, the Government has announced the creation of 5,000 additional PG medical seats in the nation.

Medical PG Seat Strength in the nation is currently 18,000 in Clinical Subjects which are not sufficient to match its teaching and research requirements.


Upgrade ‘District Hospitals’ as ‘Medical Colleges’

The Massive increased allocation has gone to a scheme which has the intention to upgrade 58 Government District Hospitals as Medical Colleges. 5 District colleges have been upgraded so far. The Budget seeks to target the rest with an allocation of Rs. 4,000 Crore this year.


Strengthening PG Teaching

Centre plans to strengthen PG Teaching in select ESI and Municipal Corporation Hospitals.


‘Rolling Out’ DNB Courses

Centre is planning to take steps to roll out DNB courses in Big District Hospitals.


2 New AIIMS to be Set Up

Budget has announced that 2 New AIIMS will be established in the states of Gujarat and Jharkhand.


Steps to Encourage Hospitals to start ‘Diplomate of National Board’ Courses 

Budget has announced that steps will be taken to encourage Reputed Private Hospitals to start DNB Courses


Permission to "For Profit Companies" to Establish Medical Colleges

The budget has also granted permission to profit companies to establish Medical colleges after satisfying minimum statutory norms of the MCI.

This provision will facilitate any registered company such as Reliance or Fortis or Wipro to set up Medical colleges.


With so many offerings, its’ definitely a moment to rejoiceǃǃ


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