Chandigarh: Post Graduate Institute ready to start MBBS course with 100 students | Chandigarh News

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CHANDIGARH: The first PGI medical institute will soon launch an MBBS course with an initial intake of 100 students. Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Friday endorsed the proposal after recently discussing the matter with the institute’s director, Professor Vivek Lal, during a meeting in New Delhi.
This will be the first time at PGI, which teaches postgraduate courses, that an undergraduate program will be launched on the model of AIIMS. “The MBBS course at PGI has been the vision of most principals. But it was never put forward. This decision is a game-changer for the institute,” a health ministry official said.
Professor Lal had planned to start the MBBS course as soon as he took charge last month. The city has only 92 places for MBBS in the general category. Preference is given to residents of the city which has more than lakhs of course applicants. “With this decision, there will be another medical school in the city that will rely on GMCH solely for admitting MBBS students,” said a PGI faculty member. He said, “This will overcome the limitation of shortage of doctors in the institute.”
In addition, the permanent finance committee has given its agreement in principle to start up the hospital information system II at the PGI. As part of this, the hospital will be digitized and will allow all payments and prevent queues for OPD cards.
“This patient-friendly facility has also been stuck in the records for a few years. Thanks to this, admitted patients do not need to queue for payment of fees/investigations/tests. They will be issued a card which will be used at the end of the tests at the time of payment. This will also facilitate timely discharge,” said a senior PGI administration official. He said, “PGI will also start the facility for OPD patients.”
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