The state may soon get new medical and engineering colleges, said Governor D.Y. Patil at the 89th foundation day and alumni meet of Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH).
“I got a survey conducted in the state and I have found that 10 medical colleges and 20 engineering colleges could be set up in the state. All this could be done in the span of six months. I would soon discuss the matter with the chief minister Nitish Kumar and I am quite certain that he would give his consent for the same. If this materialises, it would change the scenario of medical education in the state,” said Patil, the chief guest at the meet.
Patil also talked about a new model in which two medical colleges can run from the same premises in different shifts. He said it would help save the money, which could be spent on creating infrastructure for a new college.
Around 500 alumni of the PMCH, who are now working in US, UK, Thailand, Canada and Dubai, took part in the meet on Tuesday. Several city doctors, including S.N. Arya, Gopal Prasad Sinha and R.N. Singh, A.A. Hai, Manju Gita Mishra among others also attended the meet.
Guest of honour Naresh Trehan, chairman, Medanta, said: “I have got the opportunity to work with many PMCH alumni and I have found them quite efficient in their job.”
Trehan talked about his visit to Indira Gandhi Institute of Cardiology where he used to visit for heart surgeries. “The efficiency of doctors has been established in foreign countries but in recent years, the reputation of doctors in this country has tarnished. People put allegations against doctors that they do unnecessary procedures just to keep their practice going. I would suggest the aspiring doctors that they should stay away from these things when you start practice.”
Later, Trehan also told The Telegraph about the Medanta campus in Bihar.
At a Bihar Chamber of Commerce programme, Trehan said Medanta would start a 500-bed hospital in Patna soon and he had a positive talk with chief minister Nitish Kumar regarding the same.
On the other hand, the alumni relived their memories with friends. Shakeel Ur Rahman, one of the PMCH alumni, talked an interesting incident.
“Some of our batchmates were not very fluent in English. During the final exam, my friend misunderstood the word ‘motile’. He thought the examiner was talking about Hindi word mota (fat) and he thought examiner asked him whether the bacteria was fat or thin. So he answered, ‘Bacteria motile ta naikhe magar dublail bhi na baa (Bacteria is not fat but it is not even thin).”