Guwahati: Chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Monday performed “bhumi pujan” of the second medical college in Guwahati on both Kalapahar and MMCH campuses.
The project is being implemented at a total cost of Rs 998.30 crore covering an area of 62 bighas.
The chief minister announced that the new institute would be named Pragjyotishpur Medical College after the ancient name of Assam, Pragjyotishpura, which is mentioned in the Ramayana and Mahabharata.
“This new medical college will tremendously augment medical education and healthcare infrastructure in the state and fulfil the medical requirements of Guwahati and nearby areas,” he said.
He added that the new medical college and hospital will be completed by 2025.
The Kalapahar campus of the new medical college will have 480 beds, 46 ICUs, 7 high-tech OTs and accommodation for 450 students and 100 interns.
The college will provide admission to 100 MBBS students annually. On the other hand, the MMCH campus will have 800 beds, 100 ICUs, state-of-the-art diagnostic facilities, dialysis unit, 11 OTs among others.
Sarma said the flyover construction is going on at Sarabbhati which would facilitate better communication between the two campuses.
“The state government is ramping up healthcare infrastructure in the state keeping in view the future demand and by the end of our present government’s tenure, Assam will have 14 medical colleges. There is also the possibility of inauguration of AIIMS at Changsari by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in November this year,” he said.


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