Shimla: Himachal Pradesh government has earmarked Rs 211.57 crore to improve and expand medical education and health facilities in the state during the current financial year.
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, while inaugurating the three-day long annual function 'Stimulus-2014' of Indira Gandhi Medical College here, said that IGMC is one of the premier medical institutions in the State and the government was committed to strengthen the same.
He said that IGMC was being upgraded under Phase-III of the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojna with an outlay of Rs 150 crore.
With a view to decongest IGMC premises a second campus would also be built near Ghanahatti in Shimla district at a cost ofRs 150 crore which would have a new 100-bedded hospital, the Chief Minister said.
In order to provide more space in IGMC College and Hospital, the existing Dental College and Nursing College would also be shifted to Ghanahatti campus, he said.
A sum of Rs 14.50 crore had been approved for additional 17 Post Graduate seats in as many as 10 specialities in the IGMC, Singh said.
Three Medical Colleges at Chamba, Hamirpur and Mandi had also been approved by the Centre with financial assistance of Rs 190 crore each, he said.
With the opening of these medical colleges, Himachal Pradesh would have five government colleges and one ESIC Medical College in Mandi where MBBS classes were being started during current year.
Academic allowance of Rs 7,500 would also be given to the MBBS students, the Chief Minister said.