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Lucknow: Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said on Wednesday that Uttar Pradesh is setting new dimensions in the field of medical education as medical colleges are being set up in all the districts of the state.

Agreements were signed for the establishment of medical colleges on Public public-private Partnership mode in Shamli and Mau districts in the presence of CM Yogi whereas ratings of all nursing and paramedical institutions in the state were also released under Mission Niramaya.

Besides, under the ‘Mentor-Mentee’ process adopted to improve the quality of nursing and paramedical institutions, 8 new institutions were presented mentor certificates by the CM.

Speaking on the occasion, Yogi said, “There were only 12 medical colleges in the state before 2017, but after realising the concept of ‘one district-one medical college’ of the Prime Minister, today medical colleges are being set up in all the districts of UP. Today, government medical colleges are operational in 45 districts and are under-construction in 16 districts.”

He said that six years ago, Mau and Shamli were known for the terror of the mafia and the migration of people, but today medical colleges are being set up in these districts. “It is like a dream come true,” he said.

The CM said that the paramedical and nursing institutions were neglected by the previous governments. “The State Medical Faculty itself was ailing, and there was no focus on quality education,” he said.

He said, “The situation called for something like ‘Mission Niramaya, and the government provided it. Under this, 12 good institutions were identified as mentors. As a result of the ongoing reform process with the mentor-mentee policy, 8 more institutes have been upgraded as mentors today. This is the proof of the changing system.”

Yogi said that there could be no compromise with quality in educational institutions. “Be it a medical college or hospital, nursing or paramedical college, if the quality is there, the standard is met, then its benefits must reach people without delay, and if it does not meet the standard, then such institutions should be removed from its list,” he said.

He said that the quality ranking of nursing and paramedical institutions done by Quality Control of India (QCI) with accuracy and transparency will inspire other institutions also to do better. “It was decided to set up medical colleges on the PPP mode in 16 unserved districts of the state,” he said.

The CM said, “In this sequence, private investors were selected in Maharajganj and Sambhal in the past and construction of medical colleges is in progress at both places. Today an agreement has been signed between the Rajiv Samajik Shiksha Sewa Sansthan in Mau district and private partner Gyan Chetna Educational Society in Shamli district, and the UP government.”

He said, “A private medical college will be set up at each place by a private investor with an investment of about Rs 250 crore. My best wishes to both institutions.”

Yogi said that several programs are being conducted to improve the quality of nursing and paramedical institutions under Mission Niramaya. “Under this, one effort is to get all the nursing and paramedical colleges (government and private) set up in the state inspected by the QCI, and on the basis of this, an accreditation ranking score will be given to the institutions. The said accreditation ranking has been published in the form of a booklet. UP is the first state to achieve this feat,” he said.

He said that there is a need for rejuvenation at the State Medical Faculty. “Good efforts have been made in this direction. For any financial transaction, now there will now be no need for any private institution, government institution, or medical practitioner to come physically to deposit the fee of the State Medical Faculty, as an online payment gateway has been arranged for carrying out all transactions which is being launched today. This is a matter of joy,” he said.

Describing the Chief Minister’s vision as inspiring for an innovative effort like Mission Niramaya, QCI Secretary General RP Singh said that following this effort of UP, NITI Aayog has asked the Indian Nursing Council to implement a similar system across the country.

Earlier, the QCI Secretary General briefed the CM in detail about the process followed for deciding the ratings. He said that within 34 days, the QCI team went to every nursing and paramedical institute in the state to evaluate the quality of education there on the basis of the given parameters.

Singh said that, keeping in mind the cleanliness, the examiners were fitted with body-worn cameras, and the entire test process was being duly recorded. After the test, 267 institutes submitted their appeals for review, on which videos were shown, resolving their objections. It included 64 institutes that shared their problems as well, he said.

He said that finally the rating of institutes and courses was prepared by resolving objections and curiosity, and today there is not a single institute that is dissatisfied with its rating.

Emphasising the need for paramedical and nursing institutions, Deputy CM and Health and Medical Education Minister Brajesh Pathak thanked CM Yogi for bringing the policy of setting up nursing and paramedical institutions in every medical college and for making all necessary efforts to provide quality medical education in the state.

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