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2 private medical colleges eye 2016 debut

Tata Steel in Jamshedpur, Paritran Trust in Deoghar propose 150 MBBS seats each

  • Published 5.01.16
Ardeshir Dalal Memorial Hospital in Jamshedpur, which is likely to be turned into a medical college by Tata Steel this year

Ranchi, Jan. 4: Two private medical colleges are likely to come up in Jharkhand in the 2016-17 academic session in Jamshedpur and Deoghar, if respective agencies Tata Steel and Paritran Trust do their spadework right, infusing fresh enthusiasm in this beleaguered segment where existing state-run institutions regularly face flak from statutory body Medical Council of India (MCI) for inadequate faculty and infrastructure.

Both the private medical colleges have proposed 150 MBBS seats each, which, if the twin projects take off this year, would mean a welcome addition to the 350 seats that the state-run RIMS, PMCH and MGM institutions have.

These facts emerged recently on December 30, 2015, when state development commissioner R.S. Poddar convened a meeting with public and private sector representatives on the progress and problems in opening private medical colleges in Jharkhand in the wake of the state health department's proposed policy to incentivise private cradles that is awaiting cabinet nod.

Ram Kumar Sinha, deputy secretary, health, who was present at the meeting, said Tata Steel and Paritran Trust were private sector parties while Bharat Coking Coal (BCCL) and Central Coalfields (CCL) represented the PSUs.

Sinha said Tata Steel was likely to start a medical college at the existing set-up of Ardeshir Dalal Memorial Hospital at New Baridih in Jamshedpur, in association with Bangalore-headquartered Manipal Education and Medical Group. "The steel major is hoping for the college to debut in 2016-17 with 150 MBBS seats. It received the MCI go-ahead but has to clear formalities regarding sub-leasing the hospital to Manipal," Sinha said.

Speaking about Paritran Trust's proposed Paritran Medical College and Hospital, 7km from Deoghar town, Sinha said: "The Trust had been trying for an MCI nod to run a medical college since 2009. But now, according to its representatives, progress has been made. They have applied to the MCI for opening the college in 2016-17 academic year itself, citing ready campus and faculty. The Trust has sought Rs 10 crore as financial aid from the state."

Both proposals received no-objection certificates from the state, he added.

On CCL and BBCL, he said: "BCCL was to tie up with CMC Vellore for a medical college, which failed. Now, it is looking for a new partner. CCL, which said it had land to run a medical college, is now seeking it from us."

Sinha said they expected representation from HEC and SAIL at the meeting, but HEC expressed its inability to go for a medical college venture and SAIL did not communicate anything.

"But, once the proposed incentive policy of the health department on medical education gets cabinet nod, more PSUs and private firms will evince interest. Our policy envisages disbursal of Rs 30 crore to investors on the condition that 50 per cent seats would be reserved for Jharkhand students."