# J&K to Have 13 Medical Colleges by Next Year, Including AIIMS Awantipora
The Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Ashwini Kumar Choubey, announced at the Uri-Surg Conference at Government Medical College (GMC), Srinagar, that J&K will have 13 medical colleges by next year, including AIIMS Awantipora. This is a significant leap from having just two medical colleges a few years ago.
## Seven New Nursing Colleges to be Established
Apart from the 13 medical colleges, J&K will also have seven new nursing colleges. Additionally, all vacant posts in the department will be filled on a fast track basis. This move is expected to improve healthcare services in the region and provide better job opportunities for the locals.
## Making Healthcare Affordable and Accessible
Kumar emphasized that making healthcare affordable and accessible was the government’s priority. The establishment of new medical and nursing colleges will not only improve healthcare services but also create employment opportunities for the youth.
The announcement of 13 new medical colleges and seven nursing colleges in J&K is a significant step towards improving healthcare services in the region. The government’s focus on making healthcare affordable and accessible is commendable and will benefit the people of J&K.