GMCH-32 to be upgraded to university, says adviser

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jan 28, 2015 13:13 IST

The UT administration is considering to upgrade Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, to a medical university soon, adviser Vijay Dev said in his Republic Day speech at the Sector-17 Parade Grounds on Monday.

If implemented, the shortage of medical seats in the city will be reduced to a great extent.

The college has formed a committee to translate the proposal into reality.

This year, the college will admit 100 MBBS students instead of 50 it had been taking in previously after the Medical Council of India (MCI) allowed an increase in seats in July 2014.

Previous proposal scrapped in 2010

The proposal assumes significance and the development will be watched with interest as a similar proposal of getting a ultra- modern health care facility by former UT administrator Gen SF Rodrigues (retd) could not materialise.

During Rodrigues’ (retd) tenure, a Medicity was proposed at a 44.8 acres site near Kishangarh village. Conceptualised on the basis of a public-private partnership with a super-specialty hospital and a multi specialty general hospital, the project hit a roadblock in 2008 after the then UT adviser Pradip Mehra questioned ‘exceptionally low’ reserve price of land for it’. The project was finally scrapped in December 2010.

In his speech, the adviser said the GMCH-32 would also have provision of multi-specialty check-ups and claimed that the construction of a new hospital at Sector-45 would be completed by May.

“This (university status) to GMCH-32 is in line with the central government initiative to set up a health sciences university in each state. There will be more functional autonomy with the institution.”

“The proposal will be beneficial for the city and the region. A few days ago, we formed a committee under our senior most professor Dr Harsh Mohan. The committee will look into various aspects and work on making this proposal a reality,” said Dr Atul Sachdev, director-principal, GMCH-32.

GMCH-32 former director, Dr Raj Bahadur, said, “It should be done. I also tried my best. The upgrade will give a boost to medical education.”

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