JAMMU: In order to cater to growing demands across the state for a number of government and private medical colleges, including institutions for specialisations such as dental, AYUSH, para-medical and physiotherapy, the government is mulling the establishment of an independent medical university in Jammu and Kashmir.
Presently the state has more than two dozen medical institutions, including nursing and para-medical colleges/schools, affiliated to the Kashmir and Jammu universities, and many more are coming up. In the absence of an exclusive medical university in the state, these institutions are confronted with multiple issues related to their academic and administrative activities vis-a-vis admissions, counselling, timely conducting of exams, results and other allied issues. With the state’s two main universities, Kashmir and Jammu, catering to the needs of thousands of students both from all three regions of the state and from the medical colleges affiliated with them, they are overburdened with multiple workloads, a spokesman said.
To explore the possibility of establishing an independent medical university in the state, the Minister for Health and Medical Education, Bali Bhagat, convened a high-level preliminary meeting of officers in his office chamber and discussed the feasibility and modalities related to this ambitious move. A detailed discussion was held on the issues related to the need for and establishment of an exclusive medical university in J&K. As a preliminary move, the Minister constituted a four-member committee to be headed by the Additional Secretary, Health and Medical Education, with representatives from Jammu University and from medical and dental colleges which would suggest ways and means for setting up this vital institution.