There is good news in the offing for people of Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir. Soon, the district will have its first government medical college, bolstering existing healthcare infrastructure in surrounding regions.
The construction of the college which was started a few years ago is in its final leg. Once ready, it will cater to around 1.70 lakh population of North Kashmir. The new medical college is all set to start likely in June this year.
The college which comprises an academic block and a residential block will benefit medical students of Baramulla, Kupwara and Bandipora districts of North Kashmir.
The Union government has approved the construction of medical colleges in five districts of Jammu and Kashmir including Anantnag, Baramulla, Kathua, Rajouri and Doda.
Shedding light on how the new college would prove to be a boon for people of nearby areas, Dr Javed Choudhary, principal of the college, said: “Staff recruitment will be done at different levels. We will, hopefully, start the first batch of 100 MBBS students from June this year, as soon as we get the permission letter. Students will be selected on the basis of a Common Entrance Test.”
“The medical college will benefit young practitioners of Baramulla, Bandipura and Kupwara. At present students from this area have to go to Srinagar to complete their training,” Abdul Razzak, a local resident was quoted as saying.