GUWAHATI, Jan 4 - Governor Banwarilal Purohit today laid the foundation stone for a Capacity Development Centre in Oncology at the Dr B Borooah Cancer Institute (BBCI) here. The centre will be constructed at a cost of Rs 3.98 crore under the CSR scheme of the Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL).
The Governor, while appreciating the initiative of PGCIL, highlighted the holistic approach to treatment of cancer adopted by the institute. He stated that considering the high incidence of cancer in the north-eastern region, there is definitely a need to develop BBCI as a centre of excellence for cancer treatment, education and research. The building will have classrooms, a faculty room, library, office and residential accommodation.
It needs mention that BBCI has laid much stress on capacity development keeping in mind the future requirements. The institute has already started various academic courses under the Srimanta Sankaradeva University of Health Sciences, Assam and Gauhati University.
Abhay Choudhary, Executive Director of PGCIL attended the programme and in his speech assured of full support to the institute to complete the project in time. He spoke about various activities undertaken by PGCIL in the NE region under its CSR scheme. He also appreciated the initiative of BBCI for setting up the Capacity Development Centre in Oncology.
The Award of Excellence in social service was presented to GL Agarwala, chairman, GLP Social Circle, by the Governor on the occasion. Agarwala has made significant contributions by way of developing the Bhootnath cremation ground, introducing �Swarga Rath� (dead body carrying van) and conducting many welfare programmes for the cancer patients of BBCI.
At the same function MP Aggarwal, managing trustee of Nirmal and MP Aggarwal Trust, was felicitated by the Governor for his service to the poor cancer patients and community oncology programme.
The meeting was attended by AK Borthakur, Deputy General Manager (HR), Power Grid Corporation of India Limited; Dr RC Deka, Vice Chancellor, Down Town University; Dr Anil Goswami and many other dignitaries and employees of the institute.