100 undergraduate, 40 postgraduate seats will be available
Fifteen per cent of seats in Centre’s quota will be for wards of Central Government employees
Rajajinagar ESIC Hospital will get Rs. 25 crore
for building infrastructure
BANGALORE: The Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) Hospital of Bangalore, located at Rajajinagar, will house a medical college offering undergraduate and postgraduate courses from the next academic year (2009-10).
This is one among the 11 medical colleges proposed by the ESIC across the country.
While 100 students will be admitted to the undergraduate medical course, 40 seats will be available to postgraduate courses from the next academic year, according to ESIC Director-General Prabhat C. Chaturvedi.
He told The Hindu here on Saturday that the Centre and the State Governments will share the seats equally. Fifteen per cent of the seats in Centre’s quota will be reserved for the wards of Central Government employees, he added.
The Central Government-owned corporation plans to spend Rs. 250 crore on creating infrastructure for establishing all the 11 medical colleges.
Of this, the Rajajinagar ESIC Hospital will get Rs. 25 crore to set up all facilities required for opening the medical college.
He said by opening such medical colleges, ESIC hopes to ease the acute shortage of qualified medical practitioners and specialists, especially at ESIC hospitals.
Two hospitals located at Rajajinagar and Indirangar in the city offer exclusive medical services to government employees. While ESIC manages the Rajajinagar Hospital, the State Government manages the Indiranagar Hospital.
“If 25 acres of land (required to set up a campus) is not available at one place, we will run the college from two campuses (Rajajinagar and Indirangar),” Mr. Chaturvedi said. The ESIC will recruit faculty and other staff to the medical college, which will have to get affiliation from the jurisdictional medical university.
With the establishment of the college and postgraduate centre, there is scope for further improving the medical care in the hospital. “We will also address the problem of shortage of Medical Officers under the ESI scheme,” he said.
ESIC has obtained permission to establish the postgraduate centre at Rajajinagar Hospital. Permission would be obtained from the Medical Council of India soon, he said.
As many as 442 more postgraduate seats would be available for admission in ESIC hospitals across the country. It was decided to upgrade and modernise 21 hospitals across the country in the next one year.
Mr. Chaturvedi said postgraduate centres would be established in most of the upgraded hospitals.
Union Minister of State for Labour and Employment Oscar Fernandes said that one professor guides two postgraduate students today, and this has resulted in a shortage of specialists.
With the availability of information technology tools, one professor can guide at least five postgraduate students.
In the United States of America, a professor guides six to eight students, he said.