Varsity proposes to set up medical college

Koraput: Proposing to open a medical college and hospital here, Central University of Odisha (CUO) has sent a detailed project report to the Centre for setting up such an institution in the backward region. This was revealed by CUO`s Vice Chancellor Surabhi Banerjee at the second convocation of the university organised at Sunabeda in Koraput district.

"Considering the long-standing demand for a medical college in KBK region (Koraput-Bolangir-Kalahandi) under the auspices of CUO, we have submitted a detailed project report for establishment of a medical college and hospital in Koraput to the Centre," Banerjee said. The project report also includes the budget estimate for setting up the college and hospital and final approval is awaited during the 12th Plan period, she said.

Former Supreme Court Judge Ruma Pal was the chief guest at the convocation while secretary in union ministry of tribal affairs, Vibha Puri Das was the guest of honour. Speaking on the occasion, the vice-chancellor further said the CUO would launch a school of education and education technology, school of basic and applied sciences and school of health sciences from the academic year 2012-13.

As many as six topper students Arun Kumar Raj (Odia), Archana Nayak (English), Moushumi Nayak (Anthropology), Arupama Senapath (Sociology), Priyaranjan Swain and Sudarsan Sahoo (Journalism and Mass Communication) in five departments were awarded gold-medals by the varsity in the convocation ceremony.