|Two AIIMS-like institutions, 8 medical colleges in J-K, Ladakh: Govt|
New Delhi, Dec 10: The government has approved the establishment of eight medical colleges in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh regions, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy stated in Parliament. This was part of a written response to a question on the development of new UTs of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh under the Centrally-sponsored scheme in Lok Sabha. These medical colleges, which are under various stages of implementation, will come up in the districts of Doda, Kathua, Baramulla, Anantnag, Rajouri, Udhampur, Handwara (in district Kupwara) in the UT of J&K and the district of Leh in the UT of Ladakh. The Government has also approved the creation of two All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)-like institutions in Jammu and Srinagar, the minister informed. The Narendra Modi-led NDA government scrapped Article 370 of the Indian government that grants Special Status to Jammu and Kashmir and tabled a Bill that proposes the bifurcation of the state into two Union Territories - Ladakh and Jammu-Kashmir.