Chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami inaugurated the first medical college in Karur district at Sanapiratti on Wednesday through video conferencing from Chennai.
Spread across 17.45 acres, the district medical college was established at a cost of 115.71 crore. With this, the total number of government medical colleges in the state goes up to 23. A total of 150 MBBS seats have been sanctioned at the college and classes will start from this year. With this, 1,350 additional MBBS seats were created this year in the state through the government medical colleges. It was former chief minister J Jayalalithaa who announced a government medical college for Karur district in 2014 after learning that there was no medical college in the district. A government order was passed in January 2015 and a fund to the tune of 269.58 crore was allocated in June 2018 by the state government for establishing the government medical college hospital.
An additional 25.64 crore has also been allocated by the state government for procuring necessary equipment for the medical college through the Tamil Nadu Medical Service Corporation. Besides, it is also equipped with MRI scan facility worth 6 crore. Speaking on the occasion, transport minister M R Vijayabhaskar said that the work on the hospital, which is part of the 269- crore project, will be completed soon. As many as 1,000 beds, including 300 beds for critical care, will be ready in a week.