The Punjab government will set up four new government medical colleges in the state at a cost of Rs 1,500 crore, said Medical Education and Research Minister O.P. Sony said here on Wednesday. The colleges here will be at Mohali, Hoshiarpur, Kapurthala and Malerkotla, he said. Ambedkar said after laying the foundation stone of the boundary wall of the state medical sciences.
He said there would be no shortage of doctors in Punjab as 500 doctors would pass out of medical colleges every year. At present, there are about 1,400 seats for MBBS in medical colleges in Punjab, which will increase to 500 by the time colleges start, he said.
Land has been made available for all the colleges, but Mohali’s D.B.R.B.R. Ambedkar State Medical Sciences is expected to be operational first, as there is an existing 00-bed hospital which needs to be expanded to connect it with the medical college. About 100 per cent college faculty has been recruited in Mohali Medical College and the process for recruitment of paramedics and other support staff is underway, he said.
The medical college building, construction of which will begin soon, will have an academic block, four lecture theaters, laboratories, hostels, faculty residences, a library, auditorium and a community center. According to available estimates, about Rs 5.5 crore will be spent on infrastructure while Rs 500 crore will be spent on high-tech equipment at Mohali Medical College, he said. Meanwhile, consultants have been sanctioned for Hoshiarpur and Kapurthala medical colleges and the building design is being reviewed, he said.
Once the design of the building is finalized, a tender will also be floated for this, he added. Accompanying Sony at the inauguration ceremony, Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu thanked the panchayats of Bhelolpur and Jujarnagar villages for renting out the medical college on 10 acres.
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