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September 03, 2023 11:55 pm | Updated September 04, 2023 10:41 am IST – Kozhikode

The Kerala Government is reportedly pinning its hopes on some high-level meetings scheduled for later this month to take ahead the proposal to arrange an All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Kozhikode.

This comes in opposition to the backdrop of a perceived delay on the a part of the Union authorities in approving the venture even because the State goes forward with land acquisition from native residents in Kinalur and Kanthalad villages for the aim. Around 150 acres of presidency land have already been readied for the venture.

While replying to a query from John Brittas of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) in the Rajya Sabha, Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Bharati Pravin Pawar just lately stated the proposal had not been authorised in the present section of the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana. Along with this, apprehensions have additionally been raised over the brand new notification issued by the National Medical Commission associated to allocation of medical schools in States. According to the notification, 100 MBBS seats will be allotted for a inhabitants of 10 lakh. Kerala, with a inhabitants of round 3.5 crore, can get a most of three,500 seats thus. The State already has 21 medical schools with 4,505 MBBS seats.

However, sources identified that the State authorities has resolved to get the venture for Kozhikode. Ok.V. Thomas, former Union Minister and the Kerala authorities’s particular consultant in New Delhi, advised The Hindu on Sunday that this had already been given in writing to the Union authorities. Mr. Thomas stated that the difficulty was taken up throughout his current assembly with the Union Health Secretary. “A convention of State Health Ministers and officers has been deliberate in Kochi later this month. I’ve requested the Union Health Secretary to carry a gathering with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in the course of the occasion,” he stated. It is learnt that Mr. Vijayan can be scheduled to satisfy the Union Health Minister in New Delhi in the approaching weeks, the place the AIIMS proposal is more likely to be taken up.

Mr. Thomas expressed hope {that a} beneficial announcement may very well be anticipated both this month or by October. Four States, together with Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu are on the checklist of States the place the institutes could be authorised, he added.

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