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Shillong Medical College to be operational by 2025, Tura medical college by 2026-27: Ampareen Lyndoh

First Published: 18th May, 2024 13:55 IST

Meghalaya Health Minister Ampareen Lyngdoh on Friday informed that the Shillong Medical College is likely to be made functional by September 2025 and the Tura Medical College by 2026-2027.Chief Minister

Meghalaya Health Minister Ampareen Lyngdoh on Friday informed that the Shillong Medical College is likely to be made functional by September 2025 and the Tura Medical College by 2026-2027.
Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma held a review meeting on Friday with officials from the Health Department, in the presence of Health Minister Ampareen Lyngdoh, to discuss the ongoing construction of medical colleges in the state.

While addressing the media, Minister Ampareen Lyndoh said, “We had a review meeting. We have taken a review of the Tura Medical College. We have a proposal at hand. We are of course going ahead with the constructions. Some of the infrastructures are at very good progress. Recently, there were certain hurdles with regards to the fast tracking of the infrastructure buildings, those have also been sorted out as Chief Minister at his level took a meeting with line departments like PHE, power and PWD so all of those difficulties have also been attended to.”

“As far as the Shillong Medical College is concerned, we are ahead and progressing rapidly. Tura Medical College, we expect it to be likely operational sometime in 2026-27”.said Apareen Lyndoh.

“We have to look at service rules, the amendment of service rules of doctors, so that we ensure that eligible doctors are on board and out service rules permits us to allow doctors to function as teaching doctors. So the government of India has a model for teaching and non-teaching doctors. There is a model for retirement and for everything, so we are now going to be looking at this detail as well”, the minister added.
The minister informed that she will soon travel to Uttar Pradesh to study a model in which the Indian government assisted the state government to establish six medical colleges.
The minister said that the NMC still have to come to o undertake an inspection of the proposed medical college in Shillong.

“Affiliation issues are also likely to be handled because we have the Captain Williamson Sangma State University now, we have actually engaged with the NEHU but it is taking a very long time. So we are going to look for an option of affiliation with the state owned university,all of this is well planned” she informed
“In fact, we have had several consultations with doctors already in the system and we will have to open our expression of interest to doctors especially as we are told from the military background, there are enough doctors, who have just recently retired, who are eligible for raching. So this something that is looking positive ” Lyndoh added.

The minister also said, “The Chief Minister is going to be discussing these matters with the Government of India, we will await for the new government formation and as soon as that stabilizes, then we should be able to give you better information but just to keep you abreast on our plans for our own medical colleges, we want to assure the state of Meghalaya that we are sincerely on the job and it looks like we will be able to get a medical college, if everything goes as plan by next year, 2025 session. “

About Tura Medical College she said that because it is agreenfield project, it will take a little bit more time, because of the infrastructure building. “We will be challenged mostly in the Tural Medical College with concerns of operationalisation of the medical college because it is a little distant, it is difficult to reach. We still have some obstacles in connectivity. The government is on the job, we are trying to sort out, making sure that accessibility to Tura will be better in the years to come.”

Speaking on the projected establishment of a medical college in USTM, Ri-Bhoi, minister Ampareen Lyndoh said, “There is quick progress of the PA Sangina International Hospital that is a PPP model. There is some possibility that that also will become operational very soon but the technical signing of MoUs and other arrangements are now being made We will keep you abreast once we have specific information to share with the public but there also we have a high probability of having a medical college as close as Khanapara.”

“In the current scenario, we have been fortunate enough that government of India stepping in and assisting the states in a big way.the infrastructural building for Tura medical college is one such intervention, where government of India handholds the states to become self sufficient and have facilities for their own citizens” she added.

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