Deepa Kurup

As many as 32 courses will

be offered

Rs. 75 crore allocated for

the institute

BANGALORE: To meet the increasing demand for paramedics and technicians in the medical sector, the State has sent a proposal to the Centre on setting up its first government college for paramedical sciences.

The Regional Institute of Paramedical Sciences would be located on the campus of the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases.

The Government had allocated Rs. 75 crore for the institute, which would have its own campus within two years.

Secretary, Medical Education, Shankarlinge Gowda told The Hindu that if everything went on well, admissions would start in a month. Once the centre was established, more than 1,000 students would get diplomas in different disciplines of paramedical studies.

As many as 32 courses would be offered and this year eight of them were scheduled to begin. These courses, including laboratory sciences, radiology technology and anaesthesia, among others, would be started at the Bangalore Medical College (BMC).

The BMC had been identified as the teaching college and the institute would be under the college.

The institute would be funded by the Centre for five years, after which the funds would come from the State. Although there were more than 40 colleges offering paramedical courses in the State, this would be the first government institute devoted to paramedical studies.

This was part of the Centre’s proposal to set up three zonal and six regional institutes throughout the country. The zonal centre in the South would be in Tamil Nadu.

The Bangalore Medical College would be the teaching college and faculty members and expertise from there would be used for the institute. “There is a great need for paramedics in the State. When we talk about shortage of doctors we must realise that paramedics and support staff ensure that the hospital runs smoothly. This is a field that needs more hands,” Mr. Shankarlinge Gowda said.

“This was a good thing to happen to us. There is a shortage of able paramedics in the State and with the hospital industry growing ,this becomes very crucial,” said G.T. Subhash of the Bangalore Medical College.