An official statement said on Friday that the decision to set up a medical college in Malerkotla district was taken at a state-level panel meeting, chaired by Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan.
It said that as per the previous announcement of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, it has been decided to establish a new medical college in the newly created district at a cost of Rs 368.92 crore.
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The statement said that Congress MP from Patiala, Parneet Kaur was also present in the meeting.
The statement said that the committee has been formed under the Prime Minister’s 15-point program for economic, social and educational development of minorities.
Parneet Kaur said that a medical college is needed to provide better health care and medical education facilities to the people of Malerkotla and its surrounding areas.
Last Friday, Amarinder Singh announced the creation of a new district of Malerkotla by carving out a Muslim-dominated city from Sangrur district.
The Chief Minister had also announced a medical college, a women’s college, a new bus stand and a women’s police station in Malerkotla.
Parneet Kaur said that apart from providing medical education opportunities to the youth, the establishment of this medical institute will also help in creating more employment opportunities in the medical field.
He said that this will help to overcome the shortage of doctors in Punjab.
Chief Secretary Mahajan said that the medical college will be established on 24.44 acres of land and it will be connected to the local subdivision civil hospital.
He said that the Punjab Waqf Board has leased land for this project.
He also said that it is proposed to enroll 100 students in the medical college in the first year.
An estimated Rs 43.66 crore is expected to be spent annually on the operation of the college, he said, adding that the local civil hospital would be upgraded to a 500-bed hospital.
Principal Secretary (Social Justice and Minorities) Raji P. Srivastava said in the meeting that a proposal has been sent to the Central Government to open a new agricultural college in Kalanaur block of Gurdaspur district under Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana.
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