Mohali medical college to remain a non-starter in coming session too

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The upcoming medical college in Mohali is unlikely to see the light of day in the 2019-2020 academic session as well.(HT file)

The upcoming medical college in Mohali is unlikely to see the light of day in the 2019-2020 academic session as well.

WT24 Desk

The upcoming medical college in Mohali is unlikely to see the light of day in the 2019-2020 academic session as well, even as it has been two years since the Congress government announced it and chief minister Amarinder Singh having issued orders to speed up the sanctioning process for recruiting the teaching and paramedic staff, The Hindustan Times reports..

Earlier, HT had highlighted as how uncertainty prevails over starting classes at the college that was announced in the first budget of the Amarinder-led government in 2017.

Since a Medical Council of India (MCI) team was scheduled to inspect the proposed college site in February, the CM on January 21 had directed chief secretary “to review the project to ensure that formalities are completed before the next inspection by the council”.

The CM had intervened after state health minister Brahm Mohindra took up the issue with him blaming finance minister Manpreet Badal’s department for causing delay in giving sanctions for the college, primarily due to “routine observations”.

The sanctions, which were to be given for the creation of 168 faculty posts and 826 posts of paramedics besides some financial provisions, are pending clearances since August last year. An MCI team that visited the proposed site in November last year had objected to the infrastructure and lack of sanctioned posts.

“For starting classes from this session, we only needed financial approval for nearly 50 posts. After the CM’s intervention, the sanctions for few seats have been given by the finance department though after delay. We cannot request MCI to make inspection visit now as it is too late. Had it come in February, there were chances the classes could have been started,” a medical education department official said.

Health minister Brahm Mohindra said the classes cannot not be started from the upcoming session. “The CM is already seized with the matter and it won’t be appropriate for me to say anything more on it,” he said.

After the Congress government in January 2018 submitted a detailed project report (DPR) to the Centre, the latter released 100 crore of its total share of Rs 113 crore for the project. The Centre and the Punjab government will fund the project in the 60:40 ratio, with the state’s share slated to be Rs 76 crore.

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