After Mumbai and Ahmedabad, the North Delhi Corporation is all set to become the third civic body in the country to have its own medical college.
The Standing Committee of the corporation on Wednesday approved a medical college that will have its campus at Rajan Babu Institute of Pulmonary Medicine and Tuberculosis (RBIPMT) and Hindu Rao Hospital.
Giving details of the project at the meeting of the Standing Committee, Mayank Sharma, financial advisor of North Corporation, said that the college would start with 50 seats, which would be increased to 200 in a phased manner.
"For the 50-seat medical college, the corporation will spend only Rs 7 crore on the renovation of some existing facilities for the college," said Sharma.
As per the proposal, a medical college will be opened at the RBIPMT campus by integrating it with the Hindu Rao Hospital, which will hold some classes.
The North Corporation's Standing Committee has sanctioned Rs 87 crore under the 12th five year plan (2012-17).
In the financial year 2012-13, the corporation will spend Rs 7 crore on the medical college and Rs 20 crore each in the remaining four years.
Meera Agarwal, mayor, said that with the opening of the medical college, the BJP would fulfill a promise made by the party before the election.