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Governor lays stone of Rs 250 crore medical institute near Katra

Written by: Staff

Katra, Dec 5 (UNI) Jammu and Kashmir Governor today laid the foundation stone for the multi-disciplined state-of-art, 700-bedd Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Institute of Medical Excellence at Kakrial near this holy town today.

First of its kind in Northern India, the institute is yet another flagship of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board (SMVDSB), first being the technical university that is making its presence felt in the academic environs of the country.

The institute, which will be gradually upgraded into a medical college with graduate and post-graduate disciplines in the third phase, will remain affliated to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, the Governor said.

The hospital, he said, will cost Rs 250 crore without funding from the government or any other institution. ''However, we will welcome donations,'' he added.

Lt Gen Sinha, who is also the chairperson of SMVDSB, set a target of 15 to 18 months for completing the first phase, which would have a 200-bedded Cancer Hospital, at a projected cost of Rs 42 crore.

In the second phase 500 beds would be added in order to have multi-disciplinary faculties and school for nursing and paramedics.

In the third and final phase of the project, Medical Education and Research Wing would be set up which will remain affiliated to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University.

''Endeavours would be made to make the life of terminally ill more comfortable,'' the Governor said.


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