Foundation stone of a INR 790 crore ultra-modern ESIC Medical Education Complex at Gulbarga, Karnataka has been laid by Shri Pranab Mukherjee, Union Minister of Finance, recently. Along with him was Shri Mallikarjun Kharge, Union Minister of Labour & Employment. The Finance Minister announced that a National Social Security Fund for unorganised workers with an initial allocation of INR 1000 crores will be set up to support schemes of weavers, toddy tappers, rickshawpullers, beedi workers.
Shri Mukharjee also informed that the Central Government has mandated National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) to create 500 million skilled persons by 2022. The Finance Minister appreciated the efforts of Employees’ State Insurance Corporation in playing their role in the field of medical skill development by setting up different Medical Colleges, Dental Colleges, Nursing Institutions etc. apart from providing core Social Security Benefits to the workers in the organised sector very efficiently.
Shri Kharge stated that his Ministry was committed to improve the medical services and therefore, this ambitious programme of building ESIC medical colleges and hospitals was started.
The ESIC Medical Education Complex at Gulbarga is being constructed on 30.4 acre plot at a cost of Rs.790 crores. The complex will house ESIC Medical College, Dental College & Nursing college and a 500 bedded super specialty ESIC Hospital. This will provide medical education and super specialty Health Care facility to the ESIC beneficiaries coming under the jurisdiction of Gulbarga Division.
The Medical College will have 100 MBBS seats, the Dental College 50 BDS seats and the Nursing College will have 40 students annually. This Medical College and Hospital will also have the state-of-art design and facilities comparable to any other Medical College in the country. The hospital building will have 08 floors and the Medical College building will have 06 floors. The Hospital will have 12 types of ultra modern wards which will include ICUs/ICCUs etc. There will be facilities for super-specialty treatment like that of related to neurology, cardiology etc. There will be 12 Operation Theatres including 02 emergency Operation Theatres and 02 Maternity Operation Theatres. This complex will be built on the basis of green building concept. In short, this medical education complex will be a little self sufficient Medical Township in itself. The establishment of Medical Education Complex at Gulbarga shall give a big boost to the cause of medical education in North Karnataka and the country.
Other dignitaries present on this occasion were Shri K. Rahman Khan, Deputy Chairman, Rajya Sabha, Shri Dharam Singh, M.P. (Lok Sabha), Shri K.B. Shannappa ji, Shri B.N. Bacchegowda. Minister of Labour, Govt. of Karnataka and Shri Ramachandre Gowda, Minister of Medical Education, Secretary, Union Ministry of Labour & Employment and Director General, ESI Corporation.