While addressing a public meeting in Rajasthan’s Jaipur on December 4, Prime Minister Narendra Modi claimed that the Vasundhara Raje government established 11 medical colleges in the state in five years.
He said, “65 साल में इतनी सरकारें आकर के गई। दिल्ली में एक परिवार की 4-4 पीढ़ियों ने राज किया लेकिन राजस्थान में इतने सालों में सिर्फ 11 मेडिकल कॉलेज का निर्माण हुआ। वहीं वसुंधरा जी की सरकार ने सिर्फ़ 5 साल में राजस्थान में 11 मेडिकल कॉलेज का निर्माण किया | (Several governments came and went in 65 years. 4 generations of a single family stayed in power, but could only set up 11 medical colleges. While Vasundhara Ji set up 11 medical colleges in Rajasthan in just 5 years of her rule.”)
The Quint did a fact check of PM Modi’s claim and found out that our Prime Minister had quoted wrong numbers, and once again, went wrong with facts.
The official education portal of the Rajasthan government lists a total of 20 government medical colleges in the state which are – Medical Education Department, Jaipur; SMS Medical College, Jaipur; Madan Mohan Malviya Government Ayurved College, Udaipur; Sardar Patel Medical College, Bikaner; Rajasthan University of Health Sciences, Pratap Nagar, Jaipur; RNT. Medical College, Udaipur; Jhalawar Hospital & Medical College, Jhalawar; JLN Medical College, Ajmer; Government Medical College, Kota; Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Rajasthan Ayurved University, Jodhpur; Dr Sampurnanand Medical College, Jodhpur; RUHS College of Medical Science, Pratap Nagar, Jaipur; Government Dental College, Jaipur; Dungarpur Medical College; Pali Medical College; Bharatpur Medical College; Bhilwara Medical College; Churu Medical College; Barmer Medical College; Sikar Medical College.
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After visiting each college’s site and/or speaking to the college authorities over phone, The Quint found out that out of 20 colleges, 13 colleges were set up before the BJP government came to power in the state.
The Quint also provided the year for every college which was established before Vasundhara Raje’s rule.
Sawai Man Singh Medical College, Jaipur – 1947
Madan Mohan Malviya Government Ayurved College, Udaipur – 1933
Sardar Patel Medical College, Bikaner – 1959
Rajasthan University of Health Sciences – 2005
Rabindranath Tagore Medical College, Udaipur – 1961
Jhalawar Medical College, Jhalawar – 2007
Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Ajmer – 1965
Government Medical College, Kota – 1992
Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Rajasthan Ayurved University, Jodhpur -2003
Dr Sampurnanand Medical College, Jodhpur -1965
RUHS College of Medical Science, Pratap Nagar, Jaipur – 2005
Government Dental College, Jaipur – The BDS course started in 2003
So, it is clear that only seven colleges were set up during the Vasundhara Raje-led government. Out of these, five colleges are running their first batch.
The buildings of the other two colleges are still under construction.