ANDHRA PRADESH

Public-private tie-up in medical education mooted

Focus on education: Chief Minister K. Rosaiah speaking after laying the foundation stone for the medical college building near Tirupati on Sunday. Sri Jayendra Saraswathi, pontiff of Kanchi Mutt, is also seen. —

Focus on education: Chief Minister K. Rosaiah speaking after laying the foundation stone for the medical college building near Tirupati on Sunday. Sri Jayendra Saraswathi, pontiff of Kanchi Mutt, is also seen. —   | Photo Credit: Photo: K.V. Poornachandra Kumar

Staff Reporter

Chief Minister lays stone for Sri Padmavathi medical college

TIRUPATI: Chief Minister K. Rosaiah has said that the government is advocating a policy of putting in place public-private partnerships in the field of medical education to overcome the shortage of trained and skilled professionals.

He has admitted that the six new medical colleges established by the State government during the last five years had to suffer on this front.

Speaking after laying the foundation stone for the hospital attached to Sri Padmavathi medical mollege floated by Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham, SVIMS Health, Medical Education and Research Foundation near Renigunta here on Sunday, Mr. Rosaiah said that the YSR regime had created a record of sorts by adding six medical colleges to the 11 existing in the State since independence.

Procedural delays

Non-availability of trained professionals did prove a dampener in realising the dream of developing state-of-the-art infrastructure. “Hence we immediately agreed to the proposal made by the Kanchi Mutt to set up a medical college at the Lord’s abode,” he said.

The project was mooted three years ago, he said and attributed the delay to the procedural problems involved in obtaining a ‘No Objection’ certificate from the Medical Council of India (MCI).

Sri Jayendra Saraswathi, pontiff of the Kanchi Mutt, said that the college would see a smooth sailing as the Mutt’s disciples and followers were more than willing to offer their knowledge and expertise for the noble cause.

Referring to the setting up of the hospital in Kurukalva, a small village abutting the airport, the seer called the non-profit initiative as being aimed at invoking divine blessings.

Union Minister of State for Steel A. Sai Pratap, Speaker N. Kirankumar Reddy, State ministers D. Prasada Rao (Revenue), Galla Arunakumari (Roads & Buildings) and P. Ramachandra Reddy (Environment and Forests), Zilla Parishad Chairman M. Subramanyam Reddy and TTD Trust Board chairman D.K. Adikesavulu were among the participants.

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