Decks were cleared for the Government Medical College in the district headquarters town and a team of officials from the Medical Council of India (MCI) is expected to visit the college and the attached hospital this month to accord permission for starting the MBBS course in the coming academic year.

The Medical College authorities clarified two points raised by the MCI as regards the extent of land on which the college was built and the distance between the college and the hospital. The authorities replied that the college was built in 21 acres of land as against the condition that it should have 20 acres. As per the second norm that the hospital should be located within the 10 km radius, it was just 100 metres from the college.

On the busy Rashtrapathi Road passing between the college and the hospital, the MCI did not raise any objection as both were being connected by a foot over bridge and also a sub-way, according to Dr. A. Suman Chandra, Principal, the Nizamabad Medical College.

Talking to the reporters here on Friday, he said that 350 beds were set up in the hospital fulfilling the MCI norms and all other facilities such as labs and operation theatres were also established.

The number of intake of students initially could be 100 and it could also be enhanced to 200 provided the MCI give permission as the college has sufficient infrastructure, he said.

Minister for Major Irrigation P. Sudarshan Reddy, former ZP chairman Taher Bin Hamdan, the DCC president Gadugu Gangadhar and the Congress leaders M. Venkulu and Tirupathi Reddy were also present.