Private medical college coming up in Manipur’s Imphal West district

A private medical college is all set to be coming up at Langol in Imphal West district of Manipur.

Announcing the decision, chairman and managing director at Shija Hospitals and Research Institute (SHRI), Palin Kh said that they have got permission for establishing the medical college from the National Medical Commission. The permission for Shija Academy of Health Sciences was granted after due inspection and screening process, he said.

Shija Academy of Health Sciences is being said to be the first private medical college of the Northeast region.

The medical college is likely to start its first session in December with a seat intake capacity of 150 students every year, a report in the Imphal Free Press said.

For seat allotment, the medical college has proposed a three-tier quota system to the government. Of the total seats, 20 per cent will be reserved for government nominees, 65 per cent for the management nominee and 15 per cent for Non-Resident Indians.

The fee structure will be fixed equivalent to the nearest private medical college, which is in Kolkata, Palin Kh added.

The SHRI managing director pointed out that the state has over 4000 medical aspirants every year. Of this, around 150 students are selected as government nominees and over 400 students are seeking admission outside the state and country for private medical studies and it is estimated that about 700 medical students are studying in foreign countries.

He added that the medical college will provide ample opportunities for capacity building of the local population and can supply the healthcare workforce to developed nations and will also help in the generation of foreign exchange that will contribute towards inclusive economic growth of the state.

He added that in order to enhance a good bond with neighbouring country Myanmar through healthcare, they are planning to include reservation for students from the neighbouring country by consultation with the Union ministry of external affairs.

Palin further announced that Shija will soon have a satellite 100-bedded hospital at the international border town of Moreh to cater the primary and secondary healthcare for the border areas of India and Myanmar and also a rural health centre within a 40-kilometer radius.

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