The academic session is slated to begin in 2015-16. Imchen said although the project had been given an approval last year, there was a delay in issuing the orders. Imchen said he personally met Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad and following the interaction, the Ministry issued the work order on February 22.
He said, The central government has agreed to upgrade the District Hospital of Kohima to a Medical College under the 12th Plan. This college will have a Tertiary Care Hospital which will now be the Referral Centre for difficult and complicated cases." Another significant project in the pipeline was the setting up of a Tertiary Cancer Hospital in the Medical College, which has also been approved by the Centre, he said.