Hassan city in Karnataka will soon have its second medical college. The state commerce and industries department has sanctioned 40 acres of land in the city to a private educational trust to start the new medical college. Presently, Hassan district has just one medical college, that is the government-run Hassan Institute of Medical Sciences (HIMS), with the annual intake being 150 students.
Accordingly, Sri Manjunatha Educational Foundation Trust has proposed to establish a medical college, hospital and research center, and education institutions, with an investment of 15 crore in Hassan. This scheme is expected to generate employment to about 1100 people. The trust has sought 40 acres of the Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board (KIADB) land at Hassan to start the new college in the city.
As per the decision taken by the State High Level Clearance Committee (SHLCC), now the department has directed the KIADB to allot 40 acres of land within the land acquired for industrial area and reserved for IIT or any other land within Hassan Growth Centre to the proposed colleges.
Sri Manjunatha Educational Foundation Trust will get 500 kVA of power supply from CESCOM and 200 KLD of water supply from KIADB. Under the scheme of ease of doing business, permission of 10 departments, including the city municipal council, fire and safety departments, has been accorded to the new medical college. The college is directed to follow the various state policies including employment to locals, local vendor development etc. According to the experts and health activists, a new medical college in secondary cities is expected to improve the health infrastructure and give access to better treatment for patients.