ESIC's medical college in Himachal to start session in 2012



Dharamshala: The upcoming Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) Medical College and Hospital in Himachal Pradesh would start its admission process in 2012, a minister said here Tuesday. “The ESIC Medical College and Hospital in Mandi town is expected to start functioning from the academic session of 2012-13,” Education Minister I.D.Dhiman said in the state assembly. He said the hospital would have intake capacity of 50 seats. Oscar Fernandes, then Union Labour and Employment Minister laid the foundation stone of the central government-funded medical college and hospital Feb 23, 2009. At the stone laying ceremony, Fernandes announced that the 500-bed medical hospital-cum-college would be completed by 2010-2011 with an outlay of
Rs.10 billion.

The hospital would provide medical services not only to those who are covered under the social security scheme but also to the common man. “There are 100 seats each at the graduate level in medical and nursing school. Later, post-graduate courses would be started besides other specialised disciplines,” Fernandes had said. He said 40 percent seats in these courses are reserved for the state students, 40 percent for all-India merit candidates, 10 percent for ESIC beneficiaries, 5 percent for the industry owners and 5 percent for students of the ESIC employees. The ESIC would sign a bond with the pass-outs to make it mandatory for them to work in all ESIC-run hospitals for at least five years.

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