Shillong, Sep 26: The Centre has decided to set up the country's fourth Indian Institute of Public Health (IIPH) here.
Addressing newspersons yesterday, Union Minister of State for Commerce Jairam Ramesh said the prestigious institute will be set up at Umshing near the North Eastern Hills University within one year.
Presently, there are three such institutes imparting public health training and education at Hyderabad, Gandhinagar and Delhi.
The objective would be to build up a large human resource base of public health professionals by establishing a network of world-class colleges and schools of public health.
The setting up of the IIPH would fulfil the aspirations of the region and help the talented NE students get proper education in the field of medical science.
Earlier, the government had established a postgraduate medical institute, North East Indira Gandhi Regional Institute for Medical Sciences (NEIGRIMS), in Meghalaya.
The project, worth Rs 422.60 crore, spread over 273 acres of land at Mawdiangdiang, 15 km from here, would be inaugurated by UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi next month.
It would be the first ever 500-bedded referral hospital with 35 speciality and super-speciality departments in the region.