Karaikal: Plans for work on the JIPMER campus here and a super speciality hospital, both in two phases at a total cost of Rs 736 crore, are on and the campus would start functioning from November 15, a top official of JIPMER said.
“We have prepared plans for campus construction in Phase I at a cost of Rs 406 crore and super speciality hospital construction in phase-II at Rs 336 crore. The institution will be a world class one in medical education in 78 acres of land,” JIPMER Director Dr S C Parija said.
Addressing a review meeting here in the presence of Education Minister R Kamalakannan and District Collector P Parthiban, he said 49 students had already been selected for MBBS course at the campus for the 2016-17 academic year. They are now attending classes at JIPMER, Puducherry campus.
They will start attending classes at Karaikal from Nov 15, he said, adding that classrooms, administrative office, laboratories and library buildings are ready at the makeshift location near Arasalar river.
The Director said that until the new institution gets its permanent campus, students studying in this college would make use of the 506-bedded Karaikal General Hospital.
The GH will be given a facelift at a cost of Rs 30 core with additional equipment and facilities.
Parija said JIPMER planned to add nursing and paramedical colleges at the Karaikal campus and would require additional land for that purpose.
Kamalakannan said Government would soon allot eight acres additional land for the nursing and paramedical colleges.
The new medical college will improve the healthcare needs of the people of not only Karaikal district, but also the neighbouring districts in Tamil Nadu, he said.