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Centre gives approval for establishment of Govt medical college at Kapurthala

Chandigarh, Nov 28 (UNI) The Union Government has given approval for the establishment of a new Government Medical College (GMC) at Kapurthala, besides up-gradation of the existing local civil hospital.
The letter according approval for the same has been received by the state government from the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, an official spokesperson said here on Thursday.
As per the communiqué, the new GMC would be set up at a cost of Rs 325 crore, of which Rs 195 crore (60 per cent share) would be incurred by the Centre. The remaining Rs 130 crore (40 per cent share) would be contributed by the Punjab government as the state’s share for the college being set up under a centrally sponsored scheme for establishment of new medical colleges attached with existing district/referral hospitals.
Acceding to a request from Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, the Centre has also cleared a proposal for up-gradation of the Civil Hospital, thereby enhancing its bed strength from existing 220 to 500, with the latest medical infrastructural facilities added to the hospital.
The spokesperson said that the state government has already identified a suitable chunk of 11 acres of land to establish the GMC, at a distance of 1.5 km from the local civil hospital. Apart from the sum of Rs 325 crore to be spent on infrastructure, Rs 50 crore has been set aside for installation of the requisite medical equipment in the college.
It may be recalled that the Chief Minister had taken up the issue with the Union Government for setting up a Government Medical College and sprucing up the infrastructure of Civil Hospital, Kapurthala, to mark the historic celebrations of 550th Prakash Purb of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji.
The upcoming GMC is the first-of-its-kind in the Doaba region, with an intake capacity of 100 seats, and would be instrumental in providing quality healthcare and diagnostic services, besides giving impetus to medical education and research in the region.
Notably, there are three Government Medical Colleges already functioning at Amritsar, Faridkot and Patiala in Punjab. Another GMC is being set up at SAS Nagar Mohali, and the fifth has now been sanctioned for Kapurthala.
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