The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) will soon run a medical college at Shahbad Markanda in Haryana as state health minister Anil Vij met Sikh body chief Avtar Singh Makkar here on Friday and assured him all permissions.
The project, Miri Piri Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, had been hanging fire as the college building was lying incomplete for the past nine years owing to alleged roadblocks by the previous Congress government in the state.
After holding a detailed meeting with Makkar, Vij said, “It is shocking that the college that the SGPC started building in 2006-07 was not allowed to be completed by the previous Congress government. But now things have been finalised and soon a procedure will be adopted to give the required permissions so that it is made operational.”
Vij said they had asked the Sikh body to complete the work and soon a meeting would be called between the state government and SGPC officials in Chandigarh. Vij said it would benefit the people of Haryana who would be able to avail its services besides the students wanting to pursue medical education.
It will be the second medical college to be run by the SGPC, the first being Sri Guru Ram Das Institute of Medical Sciences, Amritsar.
Makkar said, “The previous Congress government in Haryana did not issue the no objection certificate to the college that led to the delay. But now we are pleased to see the initiative taken by the state health minister, who has assured us that the college will be made operational soon.”
An SGPC team would soon visit Haryana and take up the measures required, he added.
Makkar said the SGPC would also open an institute of Sikh martial arts (gatka) at Kurukshetra in Haryana as desired by the Haryana minister.