Puducherry situated Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER) is going to open its branch in Karaikal. It would also offer MBBS course with an initial strength of 50 seats from the next academic year.
JIPMER is a medical school and the oldest to teach European Medicine in Asia. Its residential campus is spread over 195 acres of land. The institution of national importance has about 200 faculty and 360 resident physicians. It has collaborated with top institutions, including Harvard school of public health, to exchange faculty, educational tools, data on public health.
Chief Minister N Rangaswamy said the Union territory government has allocated about 80 acres of land to build the new branch of JIPMER at Karaikal. For now, it will be functioning temporarily in the premise of an arts college.
Initially, it had been decided to open a State government run medical college in Karaikal. But after some considerations, another branch of JIPMER is being planned to set up.
After handing over the documents to JIPMER director Dr. SC Parija, the chief minister said once the branch starts functioning properly in the premise, the number of seats would be raised to 100.
The union territory government said the Karaikal students’ aspiration has now been fulfilled with this announcement. Also, the general hospital would be upgraded and used as a centre for practical orientation of the students doing the medical course at JIPMER, the government said.
Minister P R Siva said that JIPMER had agreed to take over the government hospital and provide super specialty service. He also informed that about Rs 50 lakh had been allocated by public sector Puducherry Power Corporation Limited to purchase fully equipped ambulances in Karaikal hospital. Mr Siva is awaiting portfolios so that he would be able to communicate with officials of all departments.
It has also been ensured by the officials that specialist doctors would be deployed to government hospitals at Karaikal.