Assam government and IIT-Guwahati (IIT-G) on 20 May signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for setting up a state-of-the-art "connected" multi-disciplinary super-specialty hospital in the premier technical education institute's premises to be built at a cost of about Rs. 546 crore.
Elaborating on the upcoming hospital, Chief Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma stated that the initiative would provide a platform for cutting-edge research in the field of medical science through use of latest technologies and scientific innovations
"We shall be supporting IIT Guwahati with a financial grant of Rs 546 crore and would also extend other support for a period of seven years in the first phase. This is for the first time that a state government has come forward to support a centrally funded technical institute in medical research and innovation," the chief minister said.
Later, taking to micro-blogging site, Twitter, Sarma posted,: "A momentous day for Assam as we signed an MoU with IIT-Guwahati in the presence of Union Education Minister Shri Dharmendra Pradhan ji, to establish the first-of-its-kind Assam Advanced Healthcare Innovation Institute (AAHI) with an integrated multi-specialty 350-beded hospital."
"AAHI will mark a new paradigm in interdisciplinary medical research and innovations at the upcoming institute that will enhance India's medical tech industry in the coming years," the chief minister said.
"Our government has committed Rs 546 crore for the project while IIT-G will contribute the required land and expertise," he tweeted.
The MoU was signed on the side-lines of the three-day North-East Research Conclave that got underway on the premises of IIT-G from Friday.
The proposed hospitals at Bongaigaon, Dhemaji, Golaghat and Morigaon, will be constructed under the NABARD Infrastructure Development Assistance (NIDA), and implemented by Assam Infrastructure Financing Authority.Attending the event as chief guest, Union Minister of Education, Skill development and Entrepreneurship, Dharmendra Pradhan praised the state government for the steps taken for development of science and technology. A joint collaboration between IIT-G, Science Technology and Climate Change Department and Department of Education, Assam government, the conclave is aimed at providing a platform for academia and industry players to showcase their expertise, products and technology and to offer a common interface mechanism between stakeholders for sharing of ideas. It may be mentioned that medical infrastructure in Assam has been upgraded over the past few years.
In a further boost to augmentation of healthcare infrastructure in the state, the Assam Cabinet had earlier this month given administrative approval to the construction of four new medical colleges and hospitals in the state.
The proposed hospitals at Bongaigaon, Dhemaji, Golaghat and Morigaon, will be constructed under the NABARD Infrastructure Development Assistance (NIDA), and implemented by Assam Infrastructure Financing Authority.
The state currently has eight medical colleges and hospitals. The eighth medical college and hospital was inaugurated in Lakhimpur district in February this year.
Six more medical colleges and hospitals " in Dhubri, Nalbari, Kokrajhar, Tinsukia, Charaideo and Biswanath districts " are expected to be ready within the year 2025.
Besides, the chief minister had earlier announced that the foundation stones of five medical colleges would be laid this year at Dhemaji, Morigaon, Golaghat, Bongaigaon, Baksa districts.
Construction of another two such hospitals in Sivasagar and Karimganj is likely to get underway next year while work on another medical college and hospital in Goalpara is expected to start by 2024.