GUWAHATI: The state government has decided to provide land to the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Guwahati for setting up of a medical college in the institute's premises.
Chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, while speaking at the IIT's foundation day on Wednesday, said he came to know that the IIT, Guwahati wants to start a medical college in its campus regarding which he had discussed the matter with the concerned deputy commissioner and asked him to provide additional land to the prestigious institution for the purpose. It will be really good, if the project comes up well, the chief minister said.
He said the Covid-19 pandemic has damaged the nation as well as the state from various aspects and it is time to shift the focus on upgrading healthcare facilities. This (healthcare sector) is another area on which the government can work closely for a better tomorrow, he said.
IIT, Guwahati has a functioning hospital on its campus. Established in the year 2006, the hospital is spread across 20,000 feet and has more than nine specialties.
The chief minister also spoke about floods in Assam which have been a major problem in the state for the past several years and despite spending a lot of money on construction and restoration of embankments, the problem remains unsolved. The CM said the IIT, Guwahati need to show the path of how to find to a viable solution of the never-ending crisis.
Established in 1994, IIT Guwahati is the sixth IIT in India. It was ranked seventh both in engineering and overall category in the NIRF India Rankings, 2020.