BALASORE: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday reviewed the progress of Government Medical College and Hospital at Balasore and said that the admission for undergraduate course will commence from next academic year (2018-19).
As a team of Medical Council of India (MCI) is scheduled to inspect the medical college in October to check its readiness, the Chief Minister directed the health officials to complete all construction works and installation of equipment before it.
“I have also asked to initiate process for appointment of principal, medical superintendent, doctors, nurses, paramedical staff and laboratory technicians, so that we can obtain letter of permission from the next session,” Naveen said, while expressing satisfaction over the work.
Though Naveen had laid the foundation stone for the medical college at Remuna on October 28, 2014 and it was expected that the admission would start from the current session, construction of buildings could not be completed due to delay in commencement of work.
While Balasore District Headquarters Hospital will be upgraded and used for clinical activities, the administration has provided 22.86 acres of land for construction of class rooms, laboratories and administrative building.
Prior to the review, the Chief Minister addressed the North Odisha convention of Biju Yuva Janata Dal (BYJD) attended by youths from Balasore, Bhadrak, Mayurbhanj and Keonjhar districts. Stating that youths can bring dramatic changes in the society and be the agents for development, he urged the BYJD members to go to villages and make people aware of different welfare schemes of the State Government. “The youths are future of the country. They should come forward and serve the society. Instead of complaining, they need to learn how to lead from the front and become part of the development,” Naveen said.
The Chief Minister later inaugurated projects worth around ` 4.81 crore and laid the foundation stones of projects of around `54.97 crore. The projects which were inaugurated include a 100-bed hostel for SC-ST students at Remuna, piped water supply in Solapata village and eco-tourism complex at Bichitrapur.
Naveen laid the foundation stone for Subarnarekha river protection walls at Kankadapal (Choumukh) and Manpur under Basta block, Srirampur and Chadanamakana under Jaleswar block and Kumbhiragadi under Bhogarai block besides the Budhabalanga river protection wall at Kasaba village and an Adarsh Vidyalay at Sutei.
The Chief Minister unveiled a mobile application on BYJD convention-2017.
He was accompanied by Higher Education Minister Ananta Das, Lok Sabha member Rabindra Kumar Jena and all party MLAs of the district.