Arunachal Pradesh will herald a new chapter on Wednesday with the commencement of the first academic session of the Tomo Riba Institute of Health & Medical Sciences (TRIHMS).
The project was a much anticipated one for the north-eastern state after much controversy surrounding it since it was first approved by the Union Government way back in 1999.
It may be recalled that the TRIHMS authorities had begun the process of land acquisition for the purpose of establishment of the medical college in 2016.
However, the 17 acres of land allotted for the project in Naharlagun was dubbed as inadequate according to Medical Council of India (MCI) guidelines.
Later an additional 2.5 acres was allotted to the TRIHMS last year.
The institute went into rough weather during an inspection by the MCI team that found the college structure construction inadequate and found shortcomings in the faculty recruitment denying approval to the institute.
After much persuasion and initiatives by the State Government that the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry issued the letter of permission to start the medical college from August this year, with an intake of 50 MBBS students.
Presently, the TRIHMS authorities, after overcoming all the hurdles, have announced August 1 as the date to officially induct the first batch of MBBS students during an induction ceremony which will be attended by Chief Minister Pema Khandu and MCI President Prof Jayashree Mehta, among others.
An official of the TRIHMS informed that, of the total 50 MBBS seats, eight have been reserved under the all India quota, two have been reserved for non-resident Indians, and one for TRIHMS faculty, while the remaining 39 seats have been reserved under the state quota.