In a move that will benefit thousands of medical aspirants in the area, Gian Sagar Medical College and Hospital, Banur in Patiala has been given go-ahead by the Medical Council of India (MCI), to admit 150 students in the MBBS course from the coming academic session.
The hospital is being run by the Gian Sagar Educational and Charitable Trust.
A spokesman for the college management said the first batch of 150 students would be admitted to the MBBS course in the coming session.
As per a HT report, the college was closed in 2017 as government had withdrawn essentiality certificate (a mandatory condition to run a medical college) due to financial crisis in the trust managing the college. In May 2018, a new management took over the trust.
In 2017, over 1,500 students of the college were shifted to other medical colleges in the state.
The college was given the essentiality certificate by the Punjab government allowing it to start MBBS, BDS, bachelors in physiotherapy and bachelors in nursing courses in July last year, report said.
The decision to reopen the college had been taken on the persistent demand of the people of the area.
A spokesperson of the Gian Sagar Educational and Charitable Trust was quoted saying that the outpatient departments, indoor patient departments and operation theatres have started functioning.