In a landmark move, the Sikkim Government has reportedly decided to provide free MBBS education 50 deserving students from the poorer section of the society.
The Sikkim Government has entered into an agreement with the Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences in this regard.
A total of 50 deserving students from the poorer section of the society, willing to take up medical sciences as profession, would be identified and provided the opportunity to study at the Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences.
This was announced recently by Principal Secretary to the Sikkim Chief Minister Jacob Khaling.
Khaling said: “There are many students in villages of Sikkim who aspire to become medical professionals, but cannot do so due to financial constraints.”
“The Sikkim Government would identify such students and help them in realising their dreams by providing them with free MBBS education at the Manipal,” Khaling added.
As per reports, Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences currently imparts MBBS education to 30 students per year.
Notably, this step has been taken to encourage induction of more students in medical sciences education in the State, especially keeping in mind the overburden healthcare workers in the State owing to COVID-19 pandemic.