Wednesday, May 23, 2007


GANGTOK, May 22: The Manipal Group on 21 May expressed its sincere gratitude to the Chief Minister, Pawan Chamling for the latter’s exemplary leadership and unstinted support towards achieving affiliation of SMIMS with the Medical Council of India.

The Pro Chancellor Dr Ramdas Pai, Vice Chancellor Dr Jaya Kumar, Dean to SMIMS, faculty members, students and staff of Sikkim Manipal University called on the Chief Minister Dr Pawan Chamling at his official residence Mintokgang on 21 May evening.

The Chief Minister Pawan Chamling expressing his inclination to the Sikkim Manipal family said the University should work towards reaching new heights in service of the people of Sikkim and expand educational opportunities and tertiary health care.

The Chief Minister further indicated that the college and hospital should aim at providing the full range of advanced specialty health care service delivery at Central Referral Hospital. He said that the profile and portfolio of operations of SMU and its constituent colleges and units needs to be expanded to complement the accelerated capacity building programme undertaken by the state government with the aim to generate skills, competencies and capabilities among the younger generation in Sikkim.

Chamling added that the aim of such initiatives should be to enable the state youth take advantage of expanding opportunities for employment in industries, multinationals and corporate ventures both within and outside the state of Sikkim. He further desired that SMIMS and CRH should further intensify their programme for reaching out to the community in facilitating access to health care by the rural population.

In response to the Chief Minister’s comments, the Pro Chancellor Dr Ramdas Pai assured that the Manipal Education and Medical Group has shown their commitment in building up intellectual capital in Sikkim by investing nearly Rs 200 crores in the state.

Dr Pai also emphasised that in association with IDFC and Manipal Universal Learning fresh infusion of funds to the tune of Rs 120 crores has been organised that will help the University in reaching financial viability and stability in the near future. Dr Pai informed SMIMS and CRH has initiated a community engagement programme which involves the organisation of regular medical camps in rural areas and the conduct of specialist medical camps in certain super-specialty areas.

Tele-Consultation services through VSAT link with Manipal Hospital in Bangalore has also been inaugurated. Dr Pai expressed his willingness to start courses which would be of relevance to Sikkim such as hotel management and hospitality services. Dr Ranjan Pai CEO, (MEMG) Manipal University , Louis Miranda CEO, IDFC (Equity Fund), Register of CRH were also present at the meeting.