AIZAWL, May 5: Mizoram will soon have a medical college as the Medical Council of India (MCI) has sent its recommendation to the Centre for approval, according to Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla. “The MCI has submitted its recommendation to the Union Ministry of Health for the establishment of a medical college in Mizoram on Thursday. The proposed medical college will soon be established at the State Referral Hospital at Falkawn, near Aizawl,” the Chief Minister said while addressing a political session here on Friday. He said that the establishment of the medical college to be named the Mizoram Institute of Medical Education and Research (MIMER) would be a milestone. 

MIMER director Dr L Fimate said the State Government has fulfilled all the requirements set by the MCI for establishment of a medical college and overcame the hurdles for Letter of Permission (LOP). Fimate also said that LOP is expected to be obtained from the Ministry of Health within May and classes of the first batch will commence likely in August. According to Fimate, the proposed medical college would have initial intake of 100 seats out of which 15 per cent is reserved for Central pool and 10 per cent for NRIs. Health Minister Lal Thanzara earlier told the Assembly that the State Government has received Rs 102.02 crore from Centre for setting up its first medical college. He added that the State’s share of Rs 11.34 crore was also received for the purpose. -NEWMAI NEWS

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