Puducherry Government Medical College to function form Next Academic Year

Puducherry Government Medical College to function form Next Academic Year

The Puducherry government medical college at Kadirkammam, that ran into controversy over its funding, would become functional from the next academic year.

“We plan to admit 150 MBBS students in the first batch,” said Home and Health Minister E Valsaraj after inspecting the partially constructed college on Wednesday.

He told reporters that the government had initiated measures for construction of the medical college in a modest way with a total outlay of Rs.260 crore instead of Rs.850 crore. Already the government has spent Rs.87 crore on the civil works and another Rs.10 crore on administration.

With the government facing financial crunch, the construction would be resumed by limiting it to the minimum requirements as stipulated by the Medical Council of India (MCI). A new project plan has been prepared for execution of the required work.

The work would resume by December 10 for construction of the college building, a 300-bedded hospital and two hostels for the students. The government has also taken steps for appointment of faculty and other staff for the college by calling for applications on Tuesday.

Vacancies had arisen after several faculty members as well as Director resigned as uncertainty prevailed over the starting of the college. The recurring expenditure for the college would be around Rs.70 crore per annum. Minister also said that the unpaid dues to the contractors involved in the construction of the medical college would be settled.

Following a discussion he and Chief Minister had with Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and subsequently with MCI chairman Ketan Desai, the territorial administration had decided to spend Rs.65 crore initially to start the college with 300-bedded hospital. The government has given in principle approval for immediate sanction of Rs.35 crore, he said.

The medical college had run into controversy and financial difficulties that came in the way of completion of the project.

The Minister however said that though it would be started with 300-bedded hospital instead of the earlier decided 750-bedded, it could be later expanded subject to the availability of funds.

Offer in hand

  • First batch to have 150 students
  • College to start functioning with 300-bedded hospital and 2 hostels to be built at an outlay of Rs.260 crore
  • Applications for faculty and staff for the college has been called