Transformation of VSS medical college to a unitary university: draft plan in the final stage
BHUBANESWAR: The draft plan for transforming VSS Medical College and Hospital,Burla, into a unitary university through an actof the state assembly is almost final. Once it is implemented, the institute will enjoy administrative, academic and financial autonomy like the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGI), Lucknow.
The health and law departments are jointly working on the draft plan for Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences. “The plan to develop the college on the lines of SGPGI is in its final stage,” director medical education and training (DMET) Dr P K Das told TOI.
Once ready, the draft bill will be placed before the Cabinet and then before the assembly. The government is keen on bringing the Bill in the coming session itself, government sources said.
As per the draft, a governing body under the presidentship of the chief secretary will be the apex decision making body of the proposed VSSIMS. Other ex-officio members of the governing body would include secretaries of health and family welfare and finance departments, the institute director and the DMET. The local MP, two MLAs, seven persons of eminence having special knowledge in technical education, principals of two other medical colleges and two medical teachers would be nominated members of the governing body.
The draft proposes that the institute director would be the chief administrative authority of the institute and chairman of its academic board. The board will be responsible to ensure standard of education and research in the university.
Established in 1959, the 850-bed state-owned medical college offers undergraduate and postgraduate education in medicine and surgery, besides pharmacy and nursing courses. It has 22 clinical departments and caters to 12 districts of western Orissa, four districts of Chhattisgarhand two districts of Jharkhand for tertiary patient care. The government intends to increase the undergraduate seats of the college from 150 to 250 soon.