Go-ahead to Rs.3.87 bn plan for Lady Hardinge Medical College

January 29th, 2009 - 5:21 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Jan 29 (IANS) The central government has given the go-ahead to a Rs.3.87 billion redevelopment plan for the prestigious Lady Hardinge Medical College (LHMC) and associated hospitals.The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, which cleared the plan at its meeting Wednesday, also increased the strength for undergraduate seats from 127 to 200 and postgraduate from 70 to 130 students in the college.

According to a statement issued here Thursday, the redevelopment should be completed “within a period of 32 months so as to comply with the Central Educational Institution (Reservation in Admission) Act, 2006 at the cost of Rs.387.31 crore (Rs.3.87 billion)”.

The act stipulates reservations for admission for those belonging to the Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes and the Other Backward Classes in Central Educational Institutions established, maintained or aided by the central government.

“The admission strength for undergraduate and post-graduate courses shall be increased to 200 and 127 seats from the existing 130 and 70, respectively, over a period of three years,” said the statement.

Considered one of the most prestigious colleges of Delhi University in providing medical education, LHMC is only for girls. The college and hospital was formally opened by Lord Hardinge, the then Viceroy of India, on Feb 17, 1916.

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