Himachal Pradesh, the majestically located hill station is all set to get its first nationally recognized medical college. The state will witness four government medical colleges opening up in different districts to accommodate 100 students in the medical program.
According to the reports from PTI, state Health Minister Kaul Singh has said, “The medical colleges would be set up in Nahan and Chamba and as expected, it is all scheduled to become functional by the end of this year”.
With such a declaration, students belonging to Himachal Pradesh will not have to migrate to other cities and towns. They can look forward to the state towards helping them in pursuing their goals in medicine and dentistry in these prestigious institutions.
In order to meet with this ambitious pursuit, the previous government i.e. the United Progressive Alliance earmarked a whopping 190 crore for the development and construction, but only 12 and 10 crores were released respectively for the two districts: Nahan and Chamba from the funds.
As per the latest development, the land that has been selected for building the Hamirpur Medical College, one of the colleges proposed by the centre has not got the clearance from the Department of the Forest (DoF) in Himachal Pradesh. So, once things are addressed and properly resolved, there will be a better chance for the colleges to emerge pretty soon.
The land of animal husbandry department in Bilaspur has been selected for building AIIMS and the foundation stone would be laid very soon.
With such premiere institutions emerging, there will be the satisfaction of needs guaranteed across two broad spectra: health and education. The medical colleges like AIIMS turning out a reality in Himachal Pradesh would mean better healthcare to the people of the state supported by quality education in medicine and dentistry.
At present, there are two medical colleges functional in Himachal Pradesh—the Indira Gandhi Medical College in Shimla and Dr. Rajendra Pradesh Medical College in Tanda (Kangra) having 100 MBBS seats each for its medical programs.
With the availability of the colleges becoming a reality in the coming fiscal year, there will be 700 seats available across all the institutions offering MBBS, BDS, and MD.