BARPETA, Feb 9 � The classes in Fakharuddin Ali Ahmed Medical College is expected to start from July next, said Health minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma.
The minister who made a surprise visit to the Fakharuddin Ali Ahmed Medical College and Hospital here on February 6 while talking to the media persons disclosed that a team from the Medical Council of India (MCI) will visit the college during the end of this month and the State Government is very much optimistic of a positive reports from them.
However, the minister avoided a question regarding the anomalies in the construction works which showed cracks on a wall. He also met the officials of the construction company engaged in the construction works of the hospital and took stock of the progress.
Earlier, the health minister met the superintendent of the hospital Dr RK Kalita and principal Dr Bhabani Chakravorty and discussed with them the present situation and steps to be taken in near future.
It may be mentioned that the foundation stone of the much awaited project was laid by the UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on February 11, 2005 and the construction work formally began with the Bhumi Pujan in July 2008 by Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma.
Although it was said that the construction works will be completed within 18 to 24 months, the work is running behind schedule and it will take another one year to complete at its present pace.
However, the hospital section was inaugurated on February 11, 2011 citing that it is mandatory for permission of a college by the MCI to start the hospital one year in advance.