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Mizoram medical college takes off

Chief minister Lal Thanhawla inaugutrates the institute on Tuesday. Picture by Henry L. Khojol

Aizawl: Mizoram chief minister Lal Thanhawla on Tuesday inaugurated the state's first medical college, Mizoram Institute of Medical Education and Research (Mimer), at Falkawn village, about 16km south of here.

The institute was established by the Mizoram government in collaboration with the ministry of health and family welfare at the state's referral hospital.

Lal Thanhawla said after the inauguration: "We are extremely happy for God has given us a great gift."

Expressing gratitude for inauguration of the medical college, he said it was the "fruit" of the effort of his cabinet colleagues, MPs from Mizoram and officials and staff of Mimer.

He said the medical college came into existence as an endeavour to carry out the healing work of Lord Jesus. He expressed hope the medical college would benefit many and bring development in the health sector.

Citing that Mizoram is the most peaceful state, Lal Thanhawla said the establishment of the medical college was possible because of peace and tranquillity.

He recollected how the decades-long insurgency had affected the state.

The college will begin with an initial intake of 100, out which 70 are reserved for the state and 15 seats each for central quota and NRIs.

So far, 73 students (62 under state quota and 11 under NRI quota) have been admitted through NEET.

Seat allotment under the central quota is yet to be made.

The last date for admission is August 30.

Lal Thanhawla claimed Mizoram is among the four states in the country with highest GSDP (Gross State Domestic Product) and the state's per capita income is higher than the national average. He attributed the rapid growth to implementation of the New Land Use Policy (NLUP).

During 2016-17, while the national GDP stood at 7.6 per cent, Mizoram achieved 9.1 per cent GSDP growth.

Lal Thanhawla said Mizoram is the least malnourished state in the country. He said his government is making efforts to make Mizoram a gateway for trade and commerce with Southeast Asia.

Health minister Lal Thanzara said the opening of the medical college was "a milestone in the history of Mizoram".

Finance minister Lalsawta, home minister R. Lalzirliana, agriculture minister K.S. Thanga and others were present.

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