Odisha CM approves Talcher medical college takeover by state government

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Updated on May 14, 2022 09:48 IST

The issue has been resolved as the State Health and Family Welfare Department will run the college and hospital while the MCL will provide the necessary funds.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on May 12 approved the proposal of the Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL) to start the Mahanadi Institute of Medical Sciences and Research in Talcher area of Angul district. While the MCL completed the construction of the building and physical infrastructure in 2018, the functioning of the medical college and hospital was yet to begin due to the tussle over management of the institution.

The issue has been resolved as the State Health and Family Welfare Department will run the college and hospital while the MCL will provide the necessary funds.

Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan also hoped that both the State government and the MCL work in a coordinated manner to make the medical college and hospital operational soon. He said that 70 lakh people from six districts will benefit from the hospital at Talcher.

Talcher Surakhya Samiti demanded state takeover  

The decision on the government’s takeover of the management of the hospital came after two days of the Talcher bandh called by Talcher Surakhya Samiti. The people of Talcher largely demanded a takeover of the administration of the medical college and hospital by the State government.

MIMSAR Admissions based on NEET

In order to set up a 500-bed hospital and medical college with 100 seats, Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd (MCL) has invested INR 492.62 crore. Admission to MIMSAR will be on the basis of the NEET examination. The institution has been constructed on 20 acre of land provided by the State government.

The existing 125-bed hospital of the MCL will be merged with MIMSAR. This project is reported to be the largest single-location CSR project by a public sector undertaking (PSU) in the health and education sector.

The medical college and hospital will be a major step toward providing quality healthcare facilities to the people of Angul and nearby districts of Boudh, Deogarh, Dhenkanal, Keonjhar, Nayagarh and Subarnapur.

The medical college will also further strengthen the efforts of the State government to improve the capacity of the medical education institutions in the State. Initially, MCL tried to operate the college and hospital through a public-private partnership (PPP) mode.

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