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Mrunal Manmay Dash

Bhubaneswar: Classes in the three new medical colleges, at Talcher, Sundergarh and Puri, will commence from the next academic year. The Chief Secretary of Odisha, Asit Tripathy has directed health department officials to expedite the necessary arrangements for enabling educational activities to begin at these institutes.

As per a press statement released by the Odisha Information and Public Relations Department, these three medical colleges and hospitals in the state have been put on first track after Tripathy took review of the progress during a high level meeting convened via video conferencing on Thursday. He has asked the concerned authorities to resolve the ground level issues for the process to begin.

The medical colleges include, the Mahanadi Institute of Medical Sciences and Research at Talcher, Medical College and Hospital at Sundergarh and Jagannath Medical College and Hospital at Puri. These institutions are slated to provide super speciality health care facilities to patients.

The number of seats for students at all the three new medical colleges has been capped at 100 per year.

Tripathy has directed the completion of furnishing works at these campuses by December 2020 even as the government has approached the Medical Council of India for obtaining the necessary permissions for the commencement of admission process from next academic session.

It is pertinent to mention here that, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had laid foundation stone of the Puri Medical College & Hospital on 4 July 2015.

The hospital is being set up at Puri under the Centrally-sponsored Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Surakshya Yojna.

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