With a view to meeting increasing demand of health services and medical education in the border region, Khalsa College Governing Council (KCGC) on Friday unveiled an ambitious project of a Khalsa Medical College (KMC) here.
The college, which will have a 700-bed ultra-modern hospital, will come up in the next three years at a cost of Rs 200 crore. When completed, it will be the third medical college in the holy city after the Government Medical College and the SGPC-run Guru Ram Dass Institute of Medical Sciences and Research.
The foundation stone of the medical college to be set up on the sprawling Khalsa College campus was unveiled by KCGC president Satyajit Singh Majithia here on Friday.
Talking to reporters, KCGC honorary secretary Rajinder Mohan Singh Chhina said it would be one of the most modern medical colleges and hospitals with latest technology and equipment to be imported from Israel. He said they would also offer round-the-clock ambulance services apart from a world-class OPD, indoor patient care and high-tech diagnostic facilities.
It would be KCGC's 18th educational institute as the society is already running 17 colleges and schools, including the historic Khalsa College. The KCGC also runs a veterinary college, the only one in the private sector.
The KMC will come up on 20 acres of land in the backyard of Khalsa College and in the first phase the complex of a seven-storey hospital would be set up.
The hospital alone will cost Rs 84 crore. To begin with, a 300-bed hospital will be set up as per the rules of the Medical Council of India (MCI). When the hospital becomes functional in a year's time, KCGC authorities will approach the MCI for formal sanction of the medical college.
Once the approval comes through, the construction of the medical college will commence and so will admissions. Thereafter, the 300-bed hospital will be expanded into a 700-bed hospital, in accordance with the MCI rules.
Chhina said they conceived the idea following a huge demand for professional courses, especially in the health sector and medical education. He said that in the beginning they would seek 100 MBBS seats which would be later increased.
"We will have provisions even for an air ambulance in the hospital to be constructed," he said.
This would not entirely be a commercial venture and would be run by the Khalsa College Charitable Society. The poor and needy would be treated and given medical education at low costs," said Chhina.