Siliguri, April 18: Jalpaiguri is set to get a medical and a dental college each.
The Delhi-based Dronacharya Group, which runs engineering colleges in Gurgaon and Greater Noida, was in town yesterday to scout for land to set up the two institutions. They will submit a formal proposal to the Bengal government in Calcutta next week. This will be the group’s first foray into medical colleges.
Jalpaiguri already boasts of a government engineering college.
Confirming yesterday’s recce, Satish Yadav, chairman of the group, told The Telegraph over phone from Jalpaiguri: “Considering the situation where several patients and students from the Northeast and north Bengal go to north and south India for treatment and medical studies, we thought of setting up a 100-bed dental college and a medical college with 400-beds.
“Our intention is to provide students an opportunity to study MBBS closer home and the common man the scope to get treated in these hospitals attached to the colleges,” he added.
Since it has already taken the primary decision to set up the colleges and hospitals, the group now plans to submit a proposal to the state government so that the plan can be worked out on a joint venture basis.
“In case the state is not inclined to the idea, we will go ahead on our own,” Yadav said. “We will seek affiliation from West Bengal University of Health Sciences, like the other medical colleges in the state.”
Debaprasad Roy, the Congress MLA from Jalpaiguri who had invited the group to the town, said he was happy with the decision. “We have met the district magistrate who has assured us of all help. Representatives of the group also visited the engineering college campus. The group will submit a proposal to the government next week,” he said. “They prefer to set up the institutions close to the college.”
Authorities at the engineering college, the MLA said, have asked Yadav and his colleagues to write to the government for the adjacent land.
Mohan Bose, the Congress chairman of Jalpaiguri municipality, is simultaneously working on a proposal with a voluntary organisation to set up a 50-bed eye hospital in town.
The Dronacharya Group:
A dental college along with a 100-bed hospital
A medical college with specialised departments and a 400-bed hospital
Jalpaiguri Government Engineering College campus
Estimated cost: Rs 25-30 crore
A 50-bed eye hospital in the town in association with a voluntary organisation
Land requirement: three acres to be provided by the civic body
Specialists from within and outside the town will tend to patient