Rourkela: The Centre’s in-principle nod to the National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, to set up a medical college and hospital on its campus has been hailed by steel city here.
The approval is just the beginning of a long journey said, Dr. B Acharya, head of the public relation of the institute.
“Now we will prepare the detailed report of the project and then send it to the ministry for its final approval and then it will be forwarded to the Medical Council of India (MCI) for its approval.”, he said.
“We have an initial plan of having a 300 bedded hospitals, here, and the intake will be decided only after the DPR is ready for approval. The DPR will be sent around July for the approval of the ministry”.
“We have the required land in our disposal so there will be no problem for setting up a medical college along with hospital.”, Achrya said.
Meanwhile, speaking about the other aspects of the hospital cum college Registrar NIT Rourkela S Upadhyaya said “We have 135 acres of land in our campus so finding the necessary 25 acres for the project will not be a difficult task.”
The proposed site for the medical college will be just adjacent to the Naga Pond, a sprawling lake situated inside the campus, where the institute has earmarked 25 acres of land. However, it may approach SAIL for additional land, just adjacent to the main campus.
Explaining for the necessity of approaching to SAIL Upadhyay said, “actually the main high tension line passes on one portion of the land for that we have decided to have the hostel on the land, if we get it from SAIL, and the rest of the facilities will come up at the designated place.” He was hopeful that with everything falling into places the construction might begin around year ending.
Meanwhile, answering to another question the registrar said, “actually the proposal struck to our mind only when people started talking about the possibility of a medical college in NIT Rourkela and we requested the ministry to consider our case and the letter of intent was sent in the month of February. It was during the only interaction with the present Director Animesh Biswas, on 12th of October, 2016, he had said his intention was to strengthen the academic rigour instead of going for more academic acquisition. On this the registrar said, “here we have a plan to make it a world class institute and to take it to that level we require the student strength with courses offered.” Presently the NIT Rourkela has a strength of 6,000 and this need to go up to 10,000 to achieve any global status. “Besides, with only engineering and related studies this is not possible, so we need to multi discipline. And at this stage we have microbiology, business administration, and in future we look forward to include law and medicine, and this is the first step in that direction,” said Upadhyay.
“This will prove a game changer in many ways for the city when such a hospital comes up with all modern facilities,” said SK Biswal, a teacher of marketing in a leading private business school here. His other colleague Sree Kumar felt, “along with health facility to the residents this will help in bringing in inflow of a floating population thus helping in increasing the business opportunities here.”