The Punjab government will open four new government medical colleges in the state. The Minister of Medical Education and Research OP Sonyi informed the government on Wednesday. The Punjab government said it would open four new government medical colleges in the state at a cost of Rs 1,500 crore.
After laying the foundation stone for the state medical science institute’s boundary wall, the minister said the colleges would be built in Mohali, Hoshiarpur, Kapurthala and Malerkotla. There is no shortage of doctors in Punjab as 500 doctors leave medical colleges every year.
Land has been made available to colleges
Currently, there are about 1,400 MBBS seats in Punjab’s medical colleges, which will increase to 500 once the college is opened, Sony said. He said the land has been made available to all colleges, but Dr. B.R. Ambedkar in Mohali is expected to operate the state medical science institute first, as it will have to expand the existing 300-bed hospital to connect it with the medical college.
At Mohali Medical College About 80 percent of the teachers were recruited
Eighty per cent of teachers have been recruited to Mohali’s medical college and the process of recruiting paramedics and other paramedics is ongoing, the minister said. He added that the medical college building would soon be built, along with an academic block, four lecture theaters, laboratories, hostels, faculty residences, a library, an auditorium and a community center.
Expenditure on infrastructure 325 crores
It is estimated that about Rs 325 crore for infrastructure and Rs 50 crore for high tech equipment at Mohali Medical College. He said that too
Advisors from Hoshiarpur and Kapurthala Medical Colleges have been approved and the design of the building is under review. After finalizing the design of the building, tenders will be floated.
At the same time, Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu thanked Soni for donating 10 acres of land to Medical College for leasing 10 acres of land to Gram Panchayats.
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