The first medical college of Mizoram, the Mizoram Institute of Medical Education & Research (MIMER) was inaugurated by Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla at Falkawn on the outskirts of Aizawl on Tuesday at a function attended by several Cabinet Ministers and 1500 top level officials of the State Government.
Mizoram Institute of Medical Education & Research is the first medical college in Mizoram. It has been established by the Government of Mizoram at State Referral Hospital, Falkawn, under the centrally-sponsored scheme ‘Establishment of new Medical Colleges attached with existing district/referral hospitals’ with a project cost of Rs 189 lakhs and funding pattern 90:10.
The permission to start MBBS courses was given on May 22, 2018 by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India on the recommendation of the Medical Council of India.
“The pride of Mizoram, as we may call, MIMER came into being as a result of a collective efforts of officials and leaders of the state, as it is said well begun is half done, we are only halfway to make MIMER the topmost medical college in the Country,” Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla said.
The Mizoram Chief Minister narrated the brief history of the premier medical college of Mizoram saying that every stone has been turned to make MIMER a reality. “I know the college is far from perfect, but my Government will do everything in its power to make it perfect, the success of the college now rests in the hands of students and faculties,” Lal Thanhawla said
The CM added that the health sector has been one of the topmost concerns of his ministry saying that hospitals across the State have been upgraded.
Students are admitted through a national eligibility and entrance test. The total number of students admitted per year are 100, with 15 per cent of seats reserved for general category, 10 per cent for NRIs and 75 per cent for local students.
As many as 70 medical students have been admitted and out of the 70 students admitted, seven are NRIs and the thirty remaining seats would be filled as soon as the pending quota court case at the Centre is cleared.
Also, speaking on the occasion, Health Minister Lal Thanzara recounted the struggle his department has to endure even to get a permission of the Medical Council of India. “Setting up a medical college is no easy task, everyone in the department has their own share of challenges, the collective effort of the department and the state government has finally paid off,” Lal Thanzara said.
MIMER will house two wings – college wing and the hospital wing which will house 250 beds, it is well equipped with General Medicine, Paediatrics, Tuberculosis &Respiratory Diseases, Dermatology,Venereology & Leprosy, Psychiatry, Gen. Surgery including Pediatric Surgery, Orthopedics (Bone & Joints), Ophthalmology, Oto-rhino-laryngology (ENT), Physical Medicine & rehabilitation, Dentistry departments.
The medical college will open its door with three departments – Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry in the first year.