Submitted by alvin on Wed, 2017-03-01 20:12 Udupi: Sharanprakash R. Patil, Minister for Medical Education, on Tuesday said the government would be establishing six more medical colleges in the state to ensure poor students can afford medical education.Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a function in Udupi, Patil said his department was awaiting the Finance Department's nod for the move. "The colleges would come up in Bagalkot, Haveri, Chitradurga, Tumakuru, Chickballapur, and Yadgir. We have got the approval to convert Bowring Hospital in Bengaluru into a medical college,” he said.He said the government was trying to establish medical colleges so that poor students could afford medical education. “We want to allot more seats under the merit quota, especially for poor students who cannot afford costly medical education,” Patil said.“Since last four years, we have been able to open six government medical colleges in the district headquarters of Kalaburagi, Koppal, Gadag, Chamarajanagar, Kodagu, and Uttara Kannada,” he said, adding that a branch of the Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research would be opened in Hubballi. "A branch of Kidwai Institute of Oncology would be inaugurated in a month in Kalaburagi and a tertiary care centre would be established in Mandya with the Union government’s assistance," Patil said. The minister said the construction of two super speciality hospitals with Union government's assistance had started in Hubballi and Ballari. "Two trauma centres in Mysuru and Kalaburgi are under construction. By establishing these institutes, we want to keep a check on rising medical costs in private corporate hospitals,” he said.