ITANAGAR, Aug 1 - Arunachal Pradesh has achieved a major milestone in public healthcare system with the launch of its first medical college � Tomo Riba Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (TRIHMS) at Naharlagun on Wednesday.
The much-awaited medical college began its maiden academic session as Chief Minister Pema Khandu handed over letter of admission to the first batch of MBBS students at the Institute�s main ceremony hall in presence of Dy CM Chowna Mein, Health Minister Alo Libang and Medical Council of India (MCI) president Dr Jayshree Mehta.
�Today is a historic day for Arunachal Pradesh particularly in the fields of health care and medical education and will go down in the history of State in golden letters,� Khandu said in his address.
The Institute so far has filled up 39 seats mainly from the State quota and is awaiting 11 more seats to be filled under Central and NRI quota.
Speaking about Institute�s expansion plan, he said within the span of two years, the Institute plans to increase the intake of MBBS students from 50 to 100 and hike the number of beds in teaching hospital from 300 to 500.
He informed that the Institute in next 3-5 years will introduce post-graduate courses in para-clinical and clinical subjects. He also informed that within one year the super-specialty departments of cardiology, paediatric surgery and oncology will be added in addition to the departments of urology, neurosurgery and gastroenterology. An emergency and trauma centre will also be added in another two years, the CM informed.