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Aug 25, 2009

ESIC medical college @ CBE !


The State’s first Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) Medical College that offers undergraduate and paramedical courses such as nursing and pharmacy would come up at the ESI hospital complex at Varadarajapuram near here. Dr B Mohamed Ali, medical superintendent of ESI Hospital, told Express that the proposed medical college would offer undergraduate and paramedical courses while the Aynavaram ESI Hospital in Chennai would offer post-graduate courses.

The groundwork for the proposed medical college is almost over as a team from Medical Council of India (MCI) had visited the complex and inspected the site where the ESIC medical college is to be constructed, he said. Even the Local Planning Authority in Coimbatore has given its plan approval for construction of medical college inside the ESI Hospital complex.

Work is moving at a faster pace as the structural feasibility study is underway. The Union Labour Ministry, under which the ESIC comes, would float a tender on August 24 in New Delhi, he added. The medical college with the state-of-the-art facility would be set up on one lakh-odd sq m at an estimated cost of Rs 420 crore, he said, adding that the joint director of ESIC (sub-regional office in Coimbatore) is the nodal agency for the college project.

“It has been planned to shift the mortuary and demolish the existing ‘C’ type staff quarters during phase-II of construction of the medical college complex. A student hostel also forms part of the medical college project,” Ali stated. He added that the entire project would be executed by Union Labour Ministry since ESIC comes under its ambit.

And MCI norms of minimum standard requirements for medical college would be strictly adhered to by ESIC while initiating the project, he said. As per the proposed plan, the department of anatomy on 3,400 sq m would come up on the ground floor and the department of bio-chemistry and community medicine on the fi rst floor. The second floor would accommodate the department of physiology, department of microbiology and the department of pharmacology.

The administration block would come up in phase I. Similar ESIC medical colleges would be established in Kerala and Karnataka in the next phase.

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