Apollo Hospitals Group to build a medical college near Kolkata
Spreading its base in the area of healthcare and medical education, Apollo Hospitals Group is building a 1000 bedded hospital and Rs 400 crore medical college in Batanagar’s Hiland Riverside near Kolkata.
The medical college is expected to be fully functional by 2020, while the first phase of infrastructure to provide education for 100 medical students with 500 beds could be finished by 2017. The 14-acre land on which Apollo Institute of Medical Sciences and Research is being constructed, is being given free of cost by the state government since the project involves providing education too.
Sharing Apollo’s medical education plans, Rupali Basu, CEO, Apollo Hospitals Group (eastern region) told PG Times, “The college would offer both medical and paramedical courses. We will have a regular MBBS course and 18 other courses at the undergraduate and postgraduate level besides a facility to carry research on various branches of medicine. By 2020, it would be able to offer superspecialty courses with an intake capacity of 150 medical seats. Our medical college in Hyderabad is in third year of its running and we are definitely going to replicate the experiences here.”
She said, “Currently, we are finishing up all the paper work and formalities with various healthcare agencies at both the state and central government level. Once this gets done, the pace of the project would pick up fast. The state government is supporting us enormously and is very enthusiastic about our initiative. Initially, the state government offered us 4 acres of land to build a hospital as a part of township that has to come in that area. But we presented in front of them a proposal to build a medical college as well and requested for the allotment of 10 acres of land more, to which the state government immediately agreed, as there is an inevitable need of more medical colleges in the state. There is a huge dearth of doctors in West Bengal and in our country and with this initiative we expect to produce a good number of well-trained doctors for the future.”
“Personally, the project is like a dream come true for me. Working in the healthcare sector for so long, I always wished to serve to improve the medical education and healthcare status of the country. This is very much gratifying,” she added.
Apollo Hospitals Group has already been running a medical college and hospital, named Apollo Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, with an intake capacity of 100 MBBS seats, in Hyderabad since January 2012. Adding another feather to its cap, it is expected to recruit 5,000 more people including doctors, nurses and support staff for its new medical college and hospital at Batanagar in South 24 Parganas district, West Bengal.