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PMC inducts seven new members in Trust for proposed medical college

The Pune Municipal Corporation is planning to start the first batch of 100 students in the new academic year at the Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee Medical College.

Written by Ajay Jadhav | Pune |
Updated: June 3, 2021 12:03:18 pm
The civic body had formed a PMC-Medical Education Trust in July last year to run its first medical college proposed in the city. (File)

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to expand the Trust in charge of the proposed Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee Medical College by increasing the number of its members from 14 to 21. The civic body is planning to start the first batch of the college, with 100 students, in the upcoming academic year.

The PMC initially had appointed nine trustees – the mayor, deputy mayor, standing committee chairperson, leader of house, leader of opposition, municipal commissioner, additional municipal commissioner, deputy municipal commissioner of the administration department and the health officer. The civic general body, while approving the constitution of the Trust and applying to the Medical Council of India for permission to start the college, later decided to include the leaders of all political parties in the PMC as trustees

Accordingly, the Trust was expanded to include leaders of NCP, Shiv Sena, MNS, AIMIM and RPI(A). But since the number of trustees was even, which would pose a problem while deciding on contentious matters, it was decided in the first meeting of the Trust that seven more trustees will be included.

The Trust will now also have the city engineer, chief accountant, deputy municipal commissioner of civic estate department, chief legal officer of PMC, the dean and superintendent of medical college as trustees, along with another member to be suggested by the Trust.

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The Maharashtra University of Health Science (MUHS), which grants affiliation to all colleges and institutes imparting health science education in the state, has recommended to the state government in November last year to allow PMC to start the academic session of the proposed civic medical college from 2021-22.

In August 2019, the PMC standing committee had approved the proposal to set up a trust to run the medical college, at an estimated cost of Rs 622 crore. As many as 595 doctors, nurses and other necessary staff will be recruited to run the college. The PMC-Medical Education Trust was set up in July last year.

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