Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi today inaugurated the Karaikal campus of Jawaharlal Institute of Post-graduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER) here. Inaugurating the medical college in a makeshift location here, Bedi said 49 students had been selected for the first year of MBBS course in the institution.
She said the medical college will be developed with state-of-the-art facilities and would improve the healthcare scenario of Karaikal district.
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Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Narayanasamy said that the Union Health Ministry had accorded approval for constructing permanent campus in 78 acres of land for the institution at a cost of Rs 850 crore in two phases.
In the first phase, campus construction with all amenities would be taken up at a cost of Rs 497 crore. In phase two, a super speciality hospital would be constructed at a cost of Rs 353 crore, he said.
Narayanasamy further said that until the new institution gets its permanent campus, students studying in this college will make use of the 506-bedded Karaikal General Hospital.