Nagaland has got approval to set up its first medical college since its formation as a state in 1963. Nagaland’s Health and Family Welfare Minister, P Paiwang Konyak said on Wednesday, April 19, 2023 about the development. Will offer a total of 100 MBBS seats for the current academic session, and initially, for the 2023-24 academic session.
“We received approval from the National Medical Commission, Medical Assessment and Rating Board (NMC, MARB) for the medical college with 100 MBBS seats on Tuesday,” Konyak said at a press conference here. The state government will send the approval letter within a week to enable the MARB to issue the permission letter for the academic year 2023-24.
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Announcing the development, Konyak said that it is a great and historic day for the people of the northeastern state. Addressing a press conference, Nagaland Health and Family Welfare Commissioner Y Kikheto Sema informed that the new medical college will start functioning from the session of June-July this year. He further said that out of 100 MBBS seats offered by the college, 85 would be reserved for candidates from Nagaland. Remaining 15 seats will remain open for All India category candidates.
Notably, the NDA government has been making sustained efforts to improve educational and medical infrastructure in the northeastern states for integration and opening up optimum welfare and opportunities for the people of the northeast. Earlier on April 14, Prime Minister Modi inaugurated the first AIIMS in the Northeast in Guwahati to provide super-specialty medical services to the people of Assam as well as the rest of the Northeast. Apart from AIIMS Guwahati, the Prime Minister also virtually inaugurated three other medical colleges at Nalbari, Kokrajhar and Nagaon.
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