Jai Ram Thakur, the chief minister Himachal Pradesh inaugurated Dr. Radhakrishnan Government Medical College as on Saturday. The college will start functioning from this academic year itself. Union Health Minister J.P Nadda was also present for the auspicious day.
Jai Ram also performed online foundation of the upcoming college campus with a facility of a 250-bed hospital in Thai village, some 8 km from Hamirpur.
The college building would come up with an outlay of Rs 206 crore, while Rs 1.91 crore would be spent on its residential block.
For this academic year, the first batch of this medical college will have 100 students and it will operate from the Regional Hospital in Hamirpur, said by a government spokesperson. Later, the college will be shifted to the original upcoming campus, he added.
Now, the state has got six medical colleges in function with each college having admission capacity of 100 students. In a state cabinet meeting which was held earlier this week, chaired by the Chief Minister, had decided to restrict the quota of NRI seats in order to provide more merit-based admissions in this college.
Addressing a public meeting on Saturday, Jai Ram said: “It was a historical day for Hamirpur district as the much-awaited medical college had finally been inaugurated and would facilitate people of adjoining districts to get the best health services”.
“The state government would always remain indebted to the Union government for their liberal financial assistance and fulfilling all demands of this hill state,” he added further.
He also said that “With six medical colleges in the government sector and one in private sector, around 750 doctors would be available to the state in the coming years which would help in meeting the demand of specialists and medical officers in the state.”
Nadda, who belongs to this state, said that the Union government was already planning for the expansion of health services in Himachal Pradesh.
“The towns – Chamba, Hamirpur and Nahan have been identified in the state for the establishment of new medical colleges and I am happy to share that Himachal Pradesh is among the first states to have all approved medical colleges functional”, he added.
“A sum of Rs 322.51 crore has been released by the central government for the establishment of these three medical colleges and further funds to the tune of Rs 163 crore are being released in the current fiscal,” he said. It is further said by Nadda that, for the present, there are there are 750 MBBS seats in the state.