Imphal, Sept. 13: When Mukul Sangma left the then Regional Medical College (RMC), Imphal with an MBBS degree in 1989, it was a mere medical college with few faculty and even less facilities.
But when Sangma, the chief minister of Meghalaya, returns to pay a visit to his alma mater tomorrow, he will be pleasantly surprised at the progress it has made since then.
Now renamed Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), the medical college will celebrate its 42nd foundation day tomorrow at the institute’s Jubilee Hall in Lamphel here.
“Sangma has responded positively to our request for gracing the foundation day function as the chief guest. He said he is happy to be back to Imphal to attend the function of the institute from where he completed his MBBS course,” S. Sekharjit, the director of the RIMS, said.
While in college. Sangma had occupied a number of positions in the governing body of the students’ council of the college.
Before joining politics in 1993 by becoming an Independent MLA, he was a medical and health officer at a health centre in Meghalaya.
Sangma did not come often to RIMS. Sekharjit said this is perhaps the second time he would be visiting the institute after his MBBS course.
Sangma is one of 2,838 MBBS graduates produced by the institute, established in 1972.
Many of his former colleagues in Manipur are waiting to meet him when he comes for the function, the director said.
“We decided to invite Sangma because we want to honour former students who have become important personalities,” Sekharjit said. Y. Ibopishak Singh, now professor of medicine in Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences, will be the guest of honour.
The institute became a major medical college after the Centre took it over in 2007. It is one of five medical institutes of the country which offers MPhil in clinical psychology. It also has a nursing and a dental college, besides other courses.