January 20, 2009

India to help set up Bhutan's first medical college

Bhutan will soon get its first medical college
, thanks
to India.

A three-member team of experts from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), which returned to India on Sunday night, told TOI that the college would be ready by February 2011.

To be attached to the 350-bed Jigme Dorji Wangchuk National Referral Hospital Complex, the college will have an intake capacity of 50 students for MBBS.

Suggesting the name `Bhutan Institute of Medical Sciences', the team led by Dr Shakti Gupta said it is being modelled on AIIMS.

According to Dr Gupta, the medical degree that will be awarded by the college will be recognized by India. Its faculty will involve its present pool of doctors besides visiting lecturers from AIIMS and other Indian medical colleges.

At present, students from Bhutan travel to countries like India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka to complete their medical education.

India has already spent Rs 110 crore to set up the Jigme Dorji Wangchuk National Referral Hospital Complex. The medical college will cost an additional Rs 30 crore.

"At present, the hospital has 17 departments. So we have added three more pre-clinical departments -- anatomy, physiology and biochemistry -- for it to start the medical college. We visited Bhutan on the request of the external affairs ministry and will submit the detailed proposal of the medical college soon," Dr Gupta said.

According to officials, the team asked Bhutan to ensure the college was an autonomous institution just like AIIMS, set up by an Act of Parliament.

"Bhutan already has great infrastructure and equipment. It will require manpower. The present doctors in the hospital will now also be given a teaching designation depending on their seniority. The departments which will face a shortage of trained faculty will have visiting faculty from India," Dr Gupta, who held discussions with Bhutan's health minister Zangley Dukpa to formalise the project, added.

A team from Bhutan is expected in India shortly to study how the medical college at AIIMS runs.

India had recently said that it would help Bhutan in improving health facilities with the construction of the Gelephu Regional Hospital, reconstruction of Samtse Hospital and the construction of a Public Health Laboratory in Thimphu.

Besides Dr Gupta, the expert team comprised AIIMS sub-dean (examinations) A K Dinda and sub-dean (academic) Dr Sunil Chumber.

1 comment:

Saraswati m said...

Really a great step and already some students who have returned from the medical college in China have started practicing in India.

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