Pimpri: Even before getting the final approval from the Maharashtra Health Sciences University in Nashik, the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has laid the foundation stone of the Post-Graduation Medical College attached to civic-run Yashwantrao Chavan Memorial Hospital (YCMH) in Pimpri.
Earlier, Guardian Minister Girish Bapat was to lay the foundation stone, but at the eleventh hour, it was done by BJP city unit chief MLA Laxman Jagtap.
The process for setting up the post-graduate courses in the Yashwantrao Chavan Memorial Hospital of PCMC is in progress. These courses require necessary professors, associate professors, as well as assistant professors and other necessary officers and employees.
Accordingly, 53 posts will be filled for the institute that include 10 professors, 16 associate professors and 27 assistant professors. The pay scale of these posts, approved by the State government, has also been mentioned.
The Medical Council of India, as well as the State government, have given approval for setting up the post-graduation facility. The civic body received an approval letter from the State government allowing it to start the institute affiliated to BJ Medical College, Pune.
Along with this letter, a proposal will be submitted to the University of Health Sciences, Nashik, after which they will issue the consent of the Medical Council of India. It will be then submitted to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for obtaining more sanctions.
The institute will have three-year courses in 10 faculties at the institute. These include medicine, surgery, paediatrics, orthopaedics, psychology, ear nose and throat, pathology, ophthalmology and gynaecology.
The first batch of 44 doctors will work as resident doctors at the YCMH. The institute will provide a maximum of 132 doctors to the hospital after three years of its operations.
The idea for establishing post-graduate institute attached to the civic-run hospital was first floated in 2012 when Dr Shrikar Pardeshi was commissioner of PCMC. The idea was on the backdrop of shortage of doctors in the civic-run hospital that provides healthcare for the 1,000 patients daily especially those coming from lower income group.