A state-of-the-art medical college is likely to be established by a group of NRI doctors in the outskirts of Madurai. The 700-bedded proposed hospital-cum-medical college will be established by August 2014 at A Thottiapatti on the Madurai – Rajapalayam Road, P Madhu, director of the project has informed.
Mandira Institute of Medical Sciences promoted by Mandira Healthcare Infrastructure Limited, is a flagship institution planned by NRI doctors in United States and Canada who want to come back to India. “The first phase of the project – a multi-speciality 300-bed hospital – will begin functioning in December 2013 and the medical college is expected to commence its academic session in August 2014,” he stated.
“Along with providing tertiary care to the people in southern districts as Madurai is an important place for the southern districts, we aspire to revolutionise the medical education with various advance teaching methodologies,” he mentioned.
The medical college will utilise methods like digital teaching boards and virtual dissection methodology with the intention of introducing digital teaching technology used in best medical schools in the world. A memorandum of understanding has been signed with the technical provider, who has supplied the virtual dissection board technology to Stanford University School of Medicine. Another technology to be used in the institution will be bio-digital human system presently used at the New York University School of Medicine, he said.
“We want to utilise the money we made in foreign countries for a noble cause and out of 10 NRI doctors promoting this venture, seven are planning to come back,” Madhu stated.
The 300-crore project is said to provide direct employment to 500 persons and another 5,000 jobs through indirect employment. They have chosen Madurai for the institution after a thorough assessment and market survey finding a huge need and potential for a tertiary level teaching hospital in the region, the promoters said.