The Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) is likely to be awarded as best public tertiary care hospital in the country. The award will be given by the Ministry of Urban Development in New Delhi next week.
Officials sources told Chandigarh Newsline on Saturday the institute administration had learnt that award ceremony would be held on September 30 and Prime Minister Narendra Modi was likely to attend the ceremony.
Earlier this week, sources said, a team of the urban ministry reached PGI to make a short movie about the institute. “They recorded short interviews. A video presentation about the institute will be made. It has to be presented during the ceremony,” said a senior official, adding that no official communication has been received by the institute in this regard.
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The official stated that the ministry officials informed the institute “verbally” that the PGI would be awarded during the ceremony.
However, PGI spokeswoman Manju Wadwalkar said she was not aware of any award ceremony to be held next week. “I am not aware that PGI will be given any award,” she said. A senior PGI official said that it would be the second achievement for the institute. “We are trying our best to provide the best health care to the people of northern region. This award will boost the morale of employees,” the official said.
In March this year, the institute bagged a prize of Rs 5 crore by ranking first in the Union Health Ministry KayaKalp initiative, which was aimed at encouraging sanitation in the health institutes across the country.
In the initiative, under the Central government hospitals category, the first prize of Rs 5 crore was given to the PGI, the second prize of Rs 3 crore was given to the All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).