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New Delhi, Dec 7 (IBNS) The government will be setting up nine paramedical institutes across the country, said Union Health & Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad.
In written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha on Friday, Azad said: "Government of India has proposed to set up one National Institute of Paramedical Sciences (NIPS) at Najafgarh (Delhi) and eight Regional Institutes of Paramedical Sciences (RIPS) at Nagpur (Maharashtra), Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh), Bhubaneswar (Odisha), Chandigarh (UT), Coimbatore (Tamilnadu), Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh), Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) and one location in Bihar at a total cost of 804.43 Crore to be shared in the ratio of 85:15 between Central and the State Governments under the centrally sponsored scheme namely 'Establishment of NIPS, RIPS and Supporting the State Govt. Medical College for conducting paramedical courses through one time grant'.”
"Detailed Project Report (DPR) of NIPS, Najafgarh (Delhi), RIPS Coimbatore and Chandigarh is under finalization by HLL Lifecare Limited, the project consultant. All out efforts are being made to establish the institutes in 12th Plan period."
Azad said under manpower development component of the above scheme, the central government has received proposals five from Maharashtra, four from Rajasthan, one from Uttarakhand, three from Assam, five from Kerala, one from Gujarat and seven from Uttar Pradesh.
"Some proposals have been examined by the Technical Committee under Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS). Based on the recommendations of Technical Committee and approval of the competent authority in this Ministry, Rs. 21.22 crore has been released to 5 Medical Colleges of Maharashtra and Rajasthan. Rs. 3.91 Crore will be released to a college of Assam as soon as Memorandum of Understanding in this regard is received from them," he said.
He said the Government of India has proposed a new scheme namely “Setting up of State institutions of paramedical sciences in States and Setting up of college of paramedical education” in 12th Plan to set up 20 state paramedical institutions and to give one time grant-in-aid to 149 government medical colleges to meet shortage of paramedical staff in the country.