The Punjab authorities is seemingly contemplating to shift the newly setup medical faculty in Mohali to a “higher” website, citing lack of land availability for enlargement.
The event comes whilst lessons for the primary batch, which is already operating late, are set to start in a number of days. The faculty — named Dr BR Ambedkar Institute of Medical Sciences — was arrange through the earlier Congress authorities within the buildings of the prevailing Mohali civil hospital, Punjab Well being System Company (PHSC) and a coaching institute of the well being division.
Whereas the civil hospital is to be ultimately shifted to Sector 66, Mohali, the opposite two workplaces have been moved to the Punjab Faculty Schooling Board constructing.
Nevertheless, it’s learnt that the brand new Aam Aadmi Celebration (AAP) authorities is just not pleased with the faculty website, because it finds the 10-acre land out there within the neighborhood not sufficient to develop it in future. In line with the earlier plan, the medical faculty was to be additional expanded to Jujhar Nagar, which is round two kilometres from the current website. The well being minister, who lately visited the faculty, reportedly expressed displeasure over the positioning choice.
“Since, we couldn’t get the precise chunk of land that was purported to be out there for the challenge, the federal government is considering to get some various land for the challenge the place a state-of-the-art medical faculty may be arrange,” a senior authorities functionary within the medical training division mentioned, whereas wishing to stay nameless.
The ₹300-crore challenge was sanctioned in 2012 through the Shiromani Akali Dal regime underneath the central-state shared funding within the ratio of 60:40. The institute will begin with 100 MBBS seats, which shall be ultimately upgraded to 220 seats. School principal Dr Bhavneet Bhatti mentioned all 100 college students have been stuffed for the primary batch.
The AAP’s state legislator from Mohali, Kulwant Singh, reasoned that the faculty website is simply subsequent to a landfill, due to which even he was pushing for it to be shifted elsewhere. An insider within the medical training division mentioned a website close to the upcoming Medicity in New Chandigarh is being thought-about as the choice.
Kulwant’s predecessor and former well being minister Balbir Singh Sidhu of the Congress, who was instrumental in clearing the land for the challenge, mentioned the earlier authorities had made 35 acres out there for it. “When already crores have been spent on the challenge and the primary session is about to start after getting all obligatory approvals, why does the brand new authorities wish to shift the faculty now? We gained’t let it occur,” mentioned Sidhu.
Well being and medical training minister Dr Vijay Singla was not out there for remark regardless of repeated makes an attempt on texts and calls. His telephone was picked up by his secretary as soon as, who mentioned the minister was busy and would get again. All calls and texts made thereafter went unanswered.