MALDA, 13 AUG: Medical College in Malda will start functioning academically from the next academic session. The health secretary of West Bengal Mr M N Roy today visited Malda to see in person how soon the work can be started to commence the function of the medical college in Malda. Mr M N Roy said that the all relevant and necessary papers have to be sent with 31 August to Medical Council of India (MCI), the apex body to sanction approval to a medical college. Mr Roy said that initially the college will have the provision for 100 medical students. It has been learnt that Dr Debashish Bhattacharya, the present vice principal of SSKM hospital, Kolkata will be appointed as the principal of the medical college in Malda. Previously it was a law that a medical college must have a land of minimum 25 acres which has been reduced to 20 acres recently. It has also been learnt from sources that as the district hospital in Malda has that quantity of land, the medical college will start functioning centering the district hospital. However it was not ascertained whether there will be involvement of any private enterprise in running the medical college.
The health secretary held another meeting with the district administrative officials and the CMOH, Malda. The district magistrate, Malda Mr Pramal Kumar Samanta said that the health secretary was not very happy with the utilization of fund in provide better medical services in the district. Mr Samanta said that Mr Roy gave instructions to complete utilizing the fund as soon as possible and to submit the utilization certificate in this regard.