500-bed hospital is also ready, says Health Secretary

When Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi unveils the plaque to formally inaugurate the Tiruvarur Medical College at his birthplace on Tuesday, the State will inch a step closer to its aim of having a medical college in every district.

With this college and the other new medical college at Villupuram, the State now has a total of 17 medical colleges, with 1,653 MBBS seats under the State quota.

In the counselling process, all government college seats were filled, including 85 each at Villupuram and Tiruvarur. The students who have been allotted State quota seats in Tiruvarur are expected to be present at the inaugural function.

The Tiruvarur Medical College was conceived in the State budget in 2008. Efforts were taken from then to set up a medical college in the district, adjoining Thanjavur, Health officials say.

A new 500-bed medical hospital has also been constructed to complement the new college that has been built within the Collectorate complex in Tiruvarur.

“The college and the hospital have come up in record time. All efforts have been made to ensure that all facilities – infrastructure, equipment and staff – are in place right from day one,” says Principal Secretary, Health, V.K. Subburaj. . A total of Rs.110 crore has been spent, including Rs.90 crore on the basic building infrastructure.

A total of 110 doctors' posts have been sanctioned and filled. In addition, 1,200 other staff members have been recruited for the college and hospital.

Hostel facilities and a library have been constructed and will also be inaugurated on Tuesday. The college will formally begin functioning from August 2.