On Wednesday, chief minister of Puducherry, N Rangasamy said
that the centrally-sponsored premier health institute JIPMER would set up its
branch in Karaikal. Puducherry has earmarked 80 acres of land for it.
JIPMER stands for the Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate
Medical Education and Research. According to Rangasamy, JIPMER would function
temporarily from the premises of an arts college. It would offer MBBS course in
its Karaikal branch with an initial strength of 50 students from 2016-17.
He further added that
after construction of its branch, it will start functioning with strength of
100 students. He spoke this after the documents of the 80 acre site were handed
over to JIPMER director Dr SC Parija in his presence.
It would offer the services in Karaikal similar to
Puducherry in health care services.
Rangasamy added to his speech that now the ambitions of
students will be fulfilled as the government would ensure that students from Karaikal
had the facility to have medical education through JIPMER locally. Not only
this, to accommodate the services, General Hospital in Karaikal would be
upgraded and used as a centre for practical orientation of the students doing
the medical course at JIPMER.
At primary and
community health centres in Karaikal, specialist doctors from JIPMER would be
deployed and also in the government hospital.
The chief minister concluded by saying that the
project outlay was being worked out.