IMPHAL: The National Medical Commission (NMC) has approved the setting up of the Shija Academy of Health Sciences (SAHS), the first private medical college of Manipur after due inspection and screening.
This was informed by Dr. Palin Khundongbam, managing director of Shija Hospitals and Research Institute (SHRI) in Imphal in a press conference held at his SHRI Langol office CMD on Sunday.
According to Dr. Palin, the main goal of establishing the new medical college is to produce strong, empathetic, compassionate, socially and environmentally responsible research-oriented medical graduates and postgraduates for the new era of health sciences, affordable quality healthcare, and medical value tourism to help save the state's exchequer and promote inclusive growth in the region.
The managing director of SHRI said that every year out of more than 4,000 medical aspirants in the state, 150 students get selected as government nominees, while over 400 Manipuri students study privately outside the state and country each year.
Nearly 700 Manipuri medical students are studying in China alone, he claimed.
He noted that approximately Rs 500 crore is spent annually outside of the state for healthcare and medical education.
If out-of-state dental, nursing, paramedical, and health management studies are included, the amount will be higher, he added.
He also said that the medical college will not only generate employment but will also help the state develop as one of the global healthcare destinations, providing world-class healthcare at an affordable cost to attract both domestic and international medical tourists.
"Shija aims at building brow as a premium and leading brand in healthcare services globally by 2026, with customers recognising our holistic approach, personal touch, and technological advancement," Dr. Palin added.
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