Barnala: A joint team, including representatives of Barnala DC and Principal, Government Medical College, Patiala, on Saturday visited Barnala district to explore the possibilities of setting up a medical college there. 36 acres at Badbar village in the district for the purpose of setting up a medical college has already been offered by the Punjab Waqf Board.
An investigating team will submit its report to the Barnala DC, Dharampal Gupta and the medical college principal in five days and then the officials will discuss the matter with the state government.
Mr. Sanjay Kumar, Punjab’s Principal Secretary, Medical Education, and Research, on Friday, sent a letter to Barnala DC and the GMC,Patiala Principal directing them to set up a joint team to study the feasibility of the project. Barnala DC while confirming the development said that “A team visited the site on Saturday to check feasibility. In a few days, the report will be sent to the state government, ”reported the Tribune
Sources said former Barnala MLA Kewal Singh Dhillon had urged chief minister Amarinder Singh to set up a medical college in Barnala, which lacked educational and healthcare facilities. Former MLA and Congress leader Dhillon said that “I have raised the matter with the CM to allocate a medical college to Barnala district, to which he readily agreed. The Waqf Board has offered the land and the government is conducting a feasibility study. We are hopeful of getting the nod soon to set up a medical college.”
He said during the previous term of the Congress government in Punjab, Barnala was made a district and now a medical college would be set up there.