Punjab To Have Four New Medical Colleges

There will be 500 more MBBS seats in Punjab with the coming up of four new government medical colleges in the state. They will come up at a cost of Rs 1500 crore in Mohali, Hoshiarpur, Kapurthala and Malerkotla, said OP Soni, medical education and research minister, Punjab.
At present, there are about 1400 MBBS seats in medical colleges (both private and government) of Punjab. The land has been made available for all the colleges. However, AIMS Mohali is expected to operationalise first since the existing 300-bed hospital there needs to be augmented to attach it to the medical college. 80% of the faculty has been recruited for the medical college and the process is on for recruitment of paramedics and other supporting staff.

The medical college building will house an academic block, four lecture theatres, labs, girls/boys/hostels, faculty residences, library, auditorium as well as ample space for indoor play area/community centre. Besides, 200-bed hospital block will be state-of-the-art multi-storey building housing dedicated wards for ortho, ENT, derma, surgery, etc, a dedicated blood bank as well as seven operation theatres. As per available estimates, about Rs 325 crore would be spent on infrastructure while Rs 50 crore would be spent on high-tech equipment.

Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh, on Tuesday, also mooted a research facility, under the guidance of national and global healthcare experts, for combatting Covid-like pandemics and other serious diseases.


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