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Utkal varsity demands medical college

Bhubaneswar, May 6: Utkal University with the help of its students’ union has urged Union minister of health and family welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad to set up a Centre-sponsored medical college on its campus.

The proposal was put forth last evening during the annual function of the university students’ union, where Azad had been invited as a chief guest.

The minister, who seemed to have been caught off guard by the request, said it was “too early” to make a comment. “Certain parameters need to be fulfilled before setting up a medical institute. I will discuss this with the university vice-chancellor,” Azad said.

President of the university students’ union Tanmaya Swain said a Centre-sponsored medical college under the university would help produce quality doctors.

“Our university is a premier educational institution of Odisha and has produced several talents in various fields. If a medical college is set up on its premises, several doctors can be churned out every year, which would be a boon for our state’s healthcare system,” said Swain.

Utkal vice-chancellor Prasant Kumar Sahoo said emphasis would be laid on maintenance of the existing facilities in the university.

“We hope to make our campus Wi-Fi enabled by this year. The automation process of the library is also likely to be completed this year,” he said.

Though the proposal for Wi-Fi facility for the university has been on the cards since for over a year now, no concrete measures have been taken so far. The students said they are facing difficulties because of poor maintenance of various hostels.

On this occasion, the Union minister inaugurated an ambulance service for the university students.

“We already had a dispensary on campus but it lacked an ambulance till now. Our longstanding demand has now been fulfilled,” said Despriya Das, a student.