The government will provide Rs 10 crore to the Darbhanga Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) to help it set up a state-of-the-art central library.
At present, DMCH has a library but it is not up to the mark. It lacks adequate seating arrangements and does not fulfil Medical Council of India (MCI) norms regarding size.
As per plan, the central library will come up in a new building. The condition of the building that houses the present library is not very good, college principal S.N. Sinha said.
He added that the central library would be opened in a new three-storied building that would also house some other facilities.
Sanjay Kumar, joint secretary, health, confirmed the amount to be given. “We are soon going to provide DMCH Rs 10 crore for the central library. It will come up in a new building.”
The library apart, plans are afoot to develop a central emergency ward (which would have joint emergency wards of the surgery and orthopaedic departments), doctors’ accommodation and central laboratory at the DMCH.
The joint secretary, health, said: “At present, we are only going to provide funds for the central library. Funds for the remaining projects would also be released one by one. The government is fully committed to upgrade facilities at all medical colleges in the state. It has decided to carry out infrastructure development in phases, and this would be done only after analysing requirements of the medical colleges concerned.”
The DMCH principal, S.N. Sinha, said the central library really needed funds because the existing one does not meet the MCI norms. “According to MCI guidelines, our library should be 400sqm in size but our present library is only 200sqm. It lacks proper seating arrangement. The medical college offers 18 postgraduate and six diploma courses and students have to jostle for space in the library. I am happy that the government is going to provide us funds for a state-of-the-art library.”
Sinha said he had raised the issue of funds for the library at a meeting of the Bihar Medical Services and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited last month.
“I raised this issue because MCI officials had pointed out during every inspection that our college library had inadequate facility for students. As MCI has the power to de-recognise courses if norms are not being fulfilled, we thought of making amends right away.”