The state government of Haryana is in the process of setting up a Medical University at Karnal covering 100 acres of land with an investment of Rs 645 crore in memory of Astronaut Late Kalpana Chawla who was from Karnal, reported The Tribune citing state chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar.
Kalpana Chawla Government Medical College (KCGMC) will be built in Kutail village of Karnal districts.
The medical college will include 200 seats. It will also include a hospital with a capacity of 750-1000 beds, along with a dental college and a few medical colleges in partnership with the Centre.
Launched in 2012
Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda had announced the launch of KCGMC on January 26, 2010 and laid the foundation stone for it on November 18, 2012.
The state government has appointed Hospital Services Consultation Corporation (HSCC) INDIA Ltd as the consultant for the project.
First Academic Session from 2016-17
The project is likely to be completed in 20 months and will begin its academic session from 2016-17. The first batch will be admitted to the medical college after receiving requisite approvals from Medical Council of India.
Kalpana Chawla was the first Indian woman in space and the first Indian-American astronaut who was killed in the Space Shuttle Columbia tragedy on February 1, 2003.