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Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), Jalandhar, Punjab


Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), Jalandhar, Punjab
Address:Garha Road
Jalandhar (District Jalandhar)
Punjab, India
Pin Code : 144006

Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), Jalandhar Punjab is a recognised institute / college. Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), Jalandhar Punjab is managed by Society: PIMS Medical Educational Charitable Society.
Principal of Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), Jalandhar Punjab is Dr Kulbir Kaur MD Pathology (Director Principal).

Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) is situated in Jalandhar of Punjab state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Jalandhar comes under Jalandhar Tehsil, Jalandhar District.

Fax # of Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), Jalandhar Punjab is +91-181-2242982.

Contact Person(s) of the Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), Jalandhar Punjab is (are): Earlier CEO Sh Manpreet Sohal, new CEO Dr Kanwaljit Singh (since April 2014).

Mobile No(s) of concerned persons at Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), Jalandhar Punjab are 80546-03309, Nanda Kumar (Mobile No. hidden, on request).

email ID(s) is Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) Jalandhar Punjab

Website of Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), Jalandhar Punjab is www.pimsj.com.

Chairman : Surjit Singh Dhaliwal.
General Secretary : Dr Appa Rao Mukkamala, M.D..

Contact Details of Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), Jalandhar Punjab are : +91-181-2480736, 6606000, 6606666
email: mgmt@pimsj.com, carees@pimsj.com

Earlier Director Principal Dr.A.S. Padda
Earlier Director Principal : Dr. Kiranjit Kaur Gill (upto Dec 2010)
COO Raj Sekhar Kothapalli, Masters in Planning and Management
Medical Superintendent Dr.S.K.Bansal MS(Surgery)
Joint Secretary Dr Mahesh Bikkina, M.D., MPH, FACC, FSCAI, Cardiologist
Members of PIMS Medical and Educational Charitable Society
Rakesh Mahajan
Raja Sekhar
Ravi Dhaliwal
Brig. K.S.Chandpuri

October 13, 2012
PIMS Nurse harassed by doctor
The Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) got mired in a controversy today after a staff nurse levelled charges of sexual harassment against a senior doctor of the institute. A high drama was witnessed at the club soon after the victim reached there to air her grievances. A team of four officials, Balwinder Singh and Sarabjit Singh and two others from the administration wing of the PIMS reached the venue and 'pressurised' her to cancel her programme with the intervention of certain others. Dr Kulbir Kaur, PIMS Principal-cum-Director, however, claimed that the 'erring' doctor had been issued warnings. The staff nurse, who is a widow, has lodged a complaint with the Jalandhar Police Commissioner, Gaurav Yadav, levelling charges of sexual harassment against the doctor.

Staff Memmber:
Dr. Rajiv Arora, Professor and Head, Department of Physiology, Mobile 9815405500, 8054603009, Email Id: drrajivarora@yahoo.com
Dr. Jagminder Kaur Bajaj, Professor and Head, Department of Pharmacology, Mobile 9417876566, Email Id: pharmaco@pimsj.com
Dr. Rajiv Arora, Professor and Head, Department of Physiology, Mobile 9815405500, 8054603009, Email Id drrajivarora@yahoo.com


Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), Jalandhar Punjab runs course(s) in Medical stream(s).

Approval details: Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) is affiliated with Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS), Faridkot (Punjab)


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Punjab govt mulls Ayurvedic varsity

The department of medical education and research is planning to set up an Ayurvedic university in Hoshiarpur.

Principal secretary of medical education and research Jagjit Puri revealed this at a press conference held at yet-to-be-operative Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), here today.

He said the university is likely to be set up in public-private partnership.

“An Ayurvedic college is already running in a 66-acre land in Hoshiarpur. A university would further give studies a boost in the Kandi area. The land is suitable for herbal plantations. Former adviser to the Government of India, S.K. Mishra is being consulted on the issue,” he added.

The principal secretary said there is also a proposed to set up two more directorates in medical education sector. “While a director for allopathy is already there, two more directors for Ayurveda and homeopathy will be appointed.”

Regarding the issue of holding online pre-medical test in the state from the next session, Puri said a committee had been already set up under managing director of Infotech, R.K. Verma, to ascertain its viability.

“If GRE and other examination can be conducted online for immigration purposes, why not PMT,” he said.

Adding that Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh have already been conducting online tests, Puri said the method would also save thousands of examinees from undue harassment at the time of buying forms, submitting, making payment and other steps involved for taking the test.

The principal secretary further said the state had 13 medical colleges and there was a plan to set up 10 more in due course of time.

He said since most part of the building of PIMS was ready, the department was trying its best to make it functional by next year. “An amount of Rs 600 crore has already been spent to acquire the land for the project Another sum of Rs 116 crore has been spent on construction of the building. All it requires is Rs 134 crore to make it a fully functional hospital-cum-college”, he said.

Plan to raise retirement age of medicos

Admitting that there was scarcity of medical teachers in the medical colleges of Punjab, medical education minister of Punjab Tikshan Sud on Monday revealed that extending the retirement age of medical teachers up to 65 years was under consideration.

“A proposal for the extension of the retirement age of medical teachers has been finalised by the department and the same will be sent to the state cabinet for its approval soon,” Sud told mediapersons here. In the recent years, several medical teachers had left the government jobs to join the lucrative private sector, which had resulted in scarcity of medical teachers in the government medical colleges, Sud said, adding that to overcome the shortage of staff, it had been proposed to raise the retirement age up to 65. The retirement age was raised to 60 from 58 years last year.

The minister revealed that very soon Punjab’s first ayurvedic university would be established in Hoshiarpur district.

Regarding opening of the Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) building, which had been ready for the past several years and awaiting inauguration, the minister said bids had been invited for running it on public-private partnership (PPP) basis. Four of the total 10 bids had been shortlisted and soon a final decision on handing over the PIMS to a private party would be taken.

Ramdevs claim of curing cancer by yoga untrue

Yoga Guru Ramdev’s claim of curing cancer by yoga is not true. Dr B.D. Gupta, Head, Department of Radiotherapy, PGI, Chandigarh, stated this while talking to The Tribune on the sidelines of the national technology day function at Pushpa Gujral Science City here on Sunday.

Cancer could not be cured either by yoga as claimed by Ramdev or by miracles as claimed by some babas of the region, Dr Gupta said, adding it could only be cured with its proper treatment that too if it was detected in time.

Uterus cancer was common among poor women in Punjab and Haryana as they did not keep their private parts properly clean, especially during pregnancy, he added.

Also formerly founder-director of the Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences, Jalandhar, Dr Gupta said he himself had cured at the PGI as many as 10,000 women affected with uterus cancer out of a total of 1.5 lakh cancer patients during the past five years. Cleanliness of private parts should be given proper attention for preventing uterus cancer, he added.

Saying that an early detection of cancer saved life, Dr Gupta said if cancer reached stage three or four, it was not possible to cure it. “The diagnosis of uterus and breast cancer is usually delayed as women often were shy to consult doctors for fear of any such disease,” he added.

“Cancer is related with lifestyle and eating habits,” Dr Gupta said. “Children should be encouraged to eat vegetables and fruits in plenty to prevent cancer,” he added.

Dr Gupta said one-third of the total cancer patients in the world were found in India.

Institute building to be ready by Oct

The governing body of Shaheed Beant Singh Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences, Jalandhar, met here today and announced that the building of the institution would be completed by October, enabling the commencement of classes from next year onwards.

The meeting, held under the chairmanship of the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, was to review progress on the project.

A spokesperson of the government said 85 per cent of the construction work had already been completed at a cost of Rs 106 crore out of the total cost of Rs 175 crore.

Medical College principal suspended

In a controversial “kidney removal scam”, the Punjab Government today suspended principal of Guru Nanak Medical College, Amritsar, Jaswinder Pal Kaur Shergill and emergency duty officer Dr H.S. Grewal and ordered an inquiry into this matter.

Tikshan Sud, medical education and research minister, said that on the alleged complaint regarding removal of kidney of a child, he had taken this decision. Dr Jagdish Gargi, director-cum-principal, Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences, would hold the additional charge of this medical college.

The three-member inquiry team is headed by Dr U.S. Dhaliwal, principal, Sri Guru Ram Das Medical College and Hospital, Amritsar. Dr A.S. Thind, additional professor, forensic medicine, Guru Gobind Singh Medical College, Faridkot and Dr Jai Kishan Saini, head of the department of TB Hospital, Patiala, will be its member.

He further added that taking notice of a news item regarding a stray dog bite case in Amritsar and the alleged maltreatment of the patient by the doctor concerned, he has ordered another inquiry. Director, RME, Dr J.S. Dalal has been asked to submit a preliminary report so that the guilty could be punished for negligency in duty.

CM lays stone for medical institute

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today laid the foundation stone of the prestigious Rs 300 crore Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences here today.

The institute will have a medical college, and 1000-bed hospital. In the first phase, the government has planned to construct the building of the medical college to start its first batch of 100 students along with a 500-bed hospital at a cost of Rs 156 crore.

Later, addressing the gathering at a function Punjab Medical Education and Research Minister Manoranjan Kalia stated that the department had given the contract for the construction of the building to a multinational company to get the work completed within the prescribed time limit.

“The institute will be set up on 83,000 sq m. The ultra modern medical college-cum-hospital will have latest diagnostic and treatment facilities, including medicine, surgery, gynaecology, paediatrics, orthopaedics, ophthalmology, ENT, radiotherapy and radiodiagnosis, cardiology and cardiotheracic surgery, neurology, neurosurgery, gastroentrology, naphrology, transplant surgery oncology and trauma care,” Mr Kalia added. “Besides we will set up residential accommodation for the staff and hostel for students at a cost of Rs 15 crore”, he added.

Mr Badal in his address said that the funds have already been allocated for the project and there would be no paucity of funds at any state of the construction.

He further said though a former Congress Chief Minister had also laid the foundation stone of this institute about seven years ago, but funds were never allocated to start the work on the project. “I always lay the foundation stone of any development work after allocating sufficient funds for it and I assure you that it will be completed by April, 2004”, he added.

The Chief Minister went a step further and invited the representatives of the private company on dais and asked them to publicly declare that the medical college and hospital would be completed in time.

Those who were present on the occasion included the Director Principal of the PIMS, Dr Baljeet Singh, former SGPC chief Bibi Jagir Kaur, Rajya Sabha member Balwinder Singh Bhunder, Editor of the Hind Samachar group of newspapers Vijay Chopra, Mr Chunni Lal, a local MLA.

PAU gets Rs 5 crore arrears

The Punjab Government has ordered the release of arrears amounting to Rs 5 crore of Punjab Agricultural University. The amount will be paid with interest. The order has been issued by the Chief Secretary, Mr J.S. Gill, who presided over a meeting on the request of the Vice-Chancellor, Dr K.S. Aulakh, who had sought the release of arrears from the Department of Medical Research and Education. The meeting was attended, among others, by the Secretary, Medical Research and Education, Mr Satish Chander, and the Financial Commissioner, Development, Dr B.C. Gupta, in Chandigarh.

Dr Aulakh said here yesterday that the university had handed over its sugarcane farmland (61 acres) in Jalandhar to the Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences and 104 acres to PUDA. The university was promised Rs 15 crore as compensation in lieu of the land and for development of experimental farm at the Central State Seed Farm, Ladowal. The government had paid Rs 10 crore and the remaining amount was not paid for more than two years. On December 2002, Mr Y.S. Ratra, the then Chief Secretary, had ordered the release of Rs 5 crore to PAU with interest. But the payment was delayed.

Dr Aulakh said he had also requested the government to allocate more funds to the university to meet the salary of 179 employees of the seed farm at Ladowal. The annual salary bill of the employees is Rs 1.5 crore. Dr Aulakh has also urged the government to transfer the entire land of the seed farm to PAU for experimentation and multiplication of seeds of various crops. The government has so far given 1,250 acres to PAU out of the 2,750 acres.

The Vice-Chancellor said the university would take up the construction of laboratories and staff quarters at the Ladowal farm.

Minister highlights PUDAs achievements

The Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) has implemented a number of schemes directly benefiting the general public, and its employees, claimed Dr Upinderjit Kaur, Punjab Housing and Urban Development Minister. The achievements of PUDA in the last four years were unprecedented, the minister added who is also Chairperson of PUDA.

PUDA was in the process of constructing District Administrative Complexes (DAC) at Patiala (Rs 20.06 crore) Hoshiarpur (Rs 18.87 crore) and Bathinda (Rs 16.23 crore). DACs at Moga and Gurdaspur were also in the pipeline. Apart from this, PUDA’s head office building was coming up at SAS Nagar. These buildings would provide the common people an opportunity to have all their official works done in a single building and they would not have to run from office to office for the same.

As a succour to the riot affected Sikh families, PUDA has revived a handsome package on subsidised terms. MIG/LIG flats were being offered to the eligible persons at the 1991-92 prices. Apart from this, the entire consideration would be recovered in interest-free installments over a period of 25 years. PUDA was also allotting 327 booths at 50 per cent of the market price to these riot affected families in Ludhiana.

PUDA has regularised all its work-charged and daily-wage employees who had put over three years of service. This will directly benefit 911 employees. A decision has also been taken to offer job on compassionate grounds to the next of kin of work-charged employee dying in harness. PUDA has also decided to allot plots at the reserve price to its class III and Class IV employees at all stations. Five marla, 8-marla, 10-marla and 14-marla plots would be offered to these employees in various urban estates all over the state.

As a result of consistent profitability of PUDA, bonus/exgratia to all its employees have been declared for the fourth year in succession.

While SAS Nagar township is being extended with the acquisition of land for five new sectors, PUDA has engaged world renowned architect B.V. Doshi for the urban planning and design of “city centre” in Sector 62 of SAS Nagar. PUDA is also funding the entire construction of the Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences at Jalandhar against the sale proceeds of its “Chhoti Baradari” scheme at Jalandhar.

PUDA has separately chalked out an ambitious plan for the urban development and beautification of Sultandpur Lodhi town in Kapurthala district which is connected with the first Sikh Guru Guru Nanak Dev Ji. The investment includes Rs 2 crore bridge over the river Bein, 58 acres Urban Estate, street lighting of the town and landscaping and beautification, widening of roads and roundabouts. PUDA is also providing plots and flats to people at reasonable prices directly as well through its licensed colonisers.

Badal on re inauguration spree

Is the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, on a reinauguration spree

It seems so if two ambitious city projects — Regional Centre of Guru Nanak Dev University and the Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences — conceived by the previous government are any indication.

The Regional Centre at Ladhewali, near here, was virtually “re-inaugurated” by Mr Badal on Sunday. It was originally inaugurated by the then Punjab Chief Minister, Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal. He is now scheduled to re-inaugurate the Rs 200 crore Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences adjoining the Defence Colony on November 4.

The prestigious Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences project, too, was originally inaugurated by the then Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Beant Singh, in 1993. The project was said to be the brainchild of Mr Beant Singh and Mr Inder Kumar Gujral who had announced a hefty grant of Rs 25 crore for it after he rose to the position of Prime Minister.

What is more intriguing is that the institute authorities are feigning ignorance about the earlier inauguration. There is no trace of the foundation stone which was laid by Mr Beant Singh to mark the inauguration. Some residents of the nearby Defence Colony said they had not seen the foundation stone laid by Mr Beant Singh for the past more than a year when “somehow it had got broken”.

The fate of the foundation stone at GNDU Regional Centre with Mrs Bhattal’s name has been even worse. It is said it was concealed by the organisers under the very dais from which Mr Badal and the GNDU Vice-Chancellor, Dr S.P. Singh, had addressed the gathering on Sunday.

The Punjab Medical Education Minister, Mr Manoranjan Kalia, said that Mr Badal was going to “inaugurate” the medical institute on November 4, while Dr Baljit Singh, principal of the medical institute, maintained that he was not aware whether the institute was inaugurated earlier by Mr Beant Singh.

He, however, said an amount of Rs 15 crore of the Rs 25 crore grant by Mr Gujral had been received and utilised for the construction of certain blocks of the institute. Dr Baljit Singh said the institute would be completed within a period of 30 months.

Ironically, though the college had been granted a huge amount as grant by Mr Gujral in 1997, no construction work, except for a small administrative block, has been started even though Mr Badal is the chairman of the governing body of the college.

Meanwhile, Mr Balbir Singh, local MP, has alleged that Mr Badal is “hijacking” the projects initiated by the previous Congress government with an eye on the elections.

“I had given a grant of Rs 10 lakh for GNDU Regional Centre. But Mr Badal “inaugurated” it without giving a single penny for its development, he alleged.

Mr Avtar Henry, a local MLA, also criticised the Punjab Government on the issue.

Capt seeks Central package of Rs 2059 crore

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today said his government would bring a legislation to ease the problem of rural indebtness in the state.

The Chief Minister, who met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today, said rural indebtness had led to suicides by farmers in the state. He sought a package of Rs 2059.95 crore, saying it would provide relief to small and marginal farmers, particularly those with less than 1.5 acre of agricultural land.

The package sought by the Chief Minister includes a one-time settlement of Rs 209.36 crore for cooperative banks, one-time assistance of Rs 198.79 crore for Punjab agriculture cooperative societies and Punjab Agriculture Development Banks to liquidate their losses, relief of Rs 390 crore under OTS for commercial banks and one-year moratorium on payment of interest on all agricultural loans advanced by the cooperative Banks and commercial banks, which is expected to cost Rs 1261.80 crore.

Capt Amarinder Singh also urged the Prime Minister to ask the Finance Ministry to sanction Rs 1390 crore for infrastructure development, Rs 340 crore for roads, Rs 100 crore for power and Rs 110 crore for education under the special package of Rs 2040 crore being sought by the state government.

The Chief Minister sought hike in the MSP of paddy and rice in view of the recent escalation in the prices of agricultural inputs. He urged Dr Manmohan Singh to ask the Ministry of Civil Aviation for expeditious implementation of the international airport project at Halwara. He sought directions from the Prime Minister to the Health Ministry to establish All India Institute of Medical Sciences at Jalandhar in the building constructed for the Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), which is spread over 56 acres.

Capt Amarinder Singh took up the issues of opening a visa centre at Amritsar and easing visa restrictions for the convenience of persons visiting Pakistan.

He sought simplification of the procedure for environmental clearances of mega industrial and housing projects by the Ministry of Environment and Forests. He said powers to accord environmental clearance for projects up to Rs 250 crore should be given to states as the existing ceiling of Rs 50 crore was less.

Later, talking to reporters the Chief Minister said total rural indebtness in the state was about Rs 24,000 crore of which Rs 5 crore was “bad debt.”

Capt Amarinder Singh, who met Finance Minister P Chidambaram earlier in the day, said a formula was being worked out to tackle the problem of indebtness by farmers. “A committee of ministers is looking into it,” he said.

Asked about the number of suicides by farmer in the state, the Chief Minister said the figures about the problem were “sketchy.” He said the annual farm turnover was Rs 7,200 crore and rural indebteness was nearly thrice the amount.

“The bill on rural indebtness is ready. We are brushing it up,” he said.

Asked about the response of the Prime Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh said, “we have his full blessings.”

On recent remarks of some supporters of party leader Jagmeet Singh Brar attacking his leadership, the Chief Minister said the Punjab Congress was united. “Everybody is working together. There may be occasional voices here and there,” he said.

Asked about the possibility of a cabinet reshuffle, the Chief Minister said he would discuss organisational matters during his meeting with Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

The Chief Minister, who also met Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee, discussed issues relating to the proposed defence university in the state. The Chief Minister met Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar to convey his concern over rising prices of pulses under the public distribution system. He sought more quota of pulses under PDS.

Poll code takes a drubbing

Violating the model code of conduct, various parties on the day of civic body election ferried voters from their residences to the polling stations in their hired vehicles.

Such instances came to light outside polling stations set up at Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences, Garha Road, where four booths were set up for voters from Ward 32. The voters were being brought there in mini buses, vans, Tata Sumos and even auto rickshaws that repeatedly took rounds for the purpose.

The supporters of CPI, BJP and even independent candidates were all equally involved in the business.

Some reasoned that the violations took place because of the distance factor while others said roads which leads to the polling stations are inconspicuous.

The polling stations were located at the fag end of the institute building hidden behind wild bushes, little less than a kilometer from the main gate.

The supporters of a Congress candidate from Ward 55 served lime juice and other eatables to the voters at a polling booth set up just outside polling station at government school in Model Town, also against the violation.

Multiplex goes for Rs 107 cr

The Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) earned a whopping Rs 106. 79 crore for a multiplex site at Chhoti Baradari, Jalandhar.

The site reserved for a price of Rs 46.63 crore was auctioned today. The successful bidder was Gujarat based Amazone Enterprises Private Limited, a company owned by the Reliance group.

The site had attracted top national players to Jalandhar and 17 bidders registered for participation in the auction. Prominent participants were Sophia Constructions Ltd India, A.B. Motions Pvt Ltd, Green City Build Tech Ltd and Prime Infrawell Pvt Limited.

A.B. Motions Pvt Limited, a company promoted by liquor baron Ponty Chadha, was the second highest bidder letting go at a narrow margin of Rs 71,1450 against the highest bid of Rs 106,79,31,480.

Chief Administrator, PUDA, Som Parkash said this was the highest-ever price fetched from the disposal of a commercial site by the authority. “PUDA would be offering more high-potential commercial sites in the near future to attract private investment in the state,” he said.

Following the auction, Amazone deposited 10 per cent of the total bid amount. Another 15 per cent of the bid amount is payable within 30 days and the remaining 75 per cent of the amount has to be paid in four equated yearly instalments calculated with interest rate.

This site is part of the land measuring 104.59 acres transferred to PUDA by the government of Punjab for its planning, development and marketing. The purpose of transferring this land was to fund the development of the Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences and Hospital coming up at Garha Road, Jalandhar.

The site was transferred under a tripartite agreement executed amongst Department of Medical Education and Research, PIMS, and PUDA in April 2002.

In this land, there are 21 residential plots, 54 commercial sites and 7 institutional sites still available for disposal, said a PUDA spokesperson.

PIMS director-principal seeks premature retirement, says has 'done enough'

Patiala, May 30, 2008 Even as several departmental inquiries against her are on, the Director-Principal of Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), Jalandhar, Kiranjeet Kaur has sought premature voluntary retirement from service. She has cited 'personal reasons' for seeking premature retirement, though she still has about a year to go for her regular retirement. Confirming the development to The Indian Express, she said, 'I think I have done enough and have decided to call it a day.'

Kiranjeet Kaur had earlier held the important post of Director, Research and Medical Education (DRME), along with being the principal of Government Medical College, Patiala, during the previous Congress regime led by Capt Amarinder Singh. However, she had been facing some tough times since the change of guard in the state.

She has been on a six-month leave from January 6 this year. She has been unhappy ever since her removal from the post of Director, Research and Medical Education and fought a bitter battle over it, even threatening to resign.

Later, she was transferred from Patiala and appointed and transferred to the Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences in Jalandhar, which also she resented and went on leave in protest.

Her husband Ravinder Singh Ravi, however, continues to function as Vice-Chancellor of Baba Farid University of Medical Sciences, Faridkot. He was also hand-picked for the job after the formation of the medical varsity by Capt Amarinder Singh.

A number of departmental enquiries had been initiated against Kiranjeet by the present government for various alleged acts of omission and commission in the past. Incidentally, the government had ordered a fresh probe against her on May 22. A retired IAS officer, M.M. Oberoi, was entrusted with the probe.

Kiranjeet had courted controversy a few months ago when as principal of Government Medical College, Patiala, she was accused of 'favouring' her son Gaurav Pratap Singh, a medical student of the same college, by allegedly helping him in his internal assessment.

A departmental probe in this regard was initiated after a Head of Department in Faridkot Medical College and some fellow students had accused her of 'favouritism'.

Incidentally, a case in the Punjab and Haryana High Court is pending in this regard.

Several other departmental probes against her, including an inquiry regarding some alleged irregularities in a few nursing colleges and another one probing her direct nomination of ayurvedic students in MD courses elsewhere in the country, are already underway by the Department of Medical Education and Research.

When asked about her premature retirement, state's Principal Secretary, Medical Education and Research, Jagjit Puri confirmed having received a copy of her letter for premature retirement. When asked about the pending probes against her, he said, 'The cases will continue even if she quits service, as in other cases,' while refusing to dwell further on the issue.

First session of MBBS Classes jn PIMS to begin from 2010

Wednesday, 04 March 2009

CHANDIGARH: A 10-member delegation led by Chief Executive Officer of St. Joseph's Healthcare System Inc, New Jersey USA William A. McDonald Wednesday called on Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to apprise him that the hospital of Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) at Jalandhar would be made functional by Diwali this year and the first session of the MBBS classes at the institute would commence from July 2010.

The hospital would also undertake the Cardiac by-pass and knee transplant surgeries immediately after being operational.

Taking part in the deliberations, Mr. Badal asked Mr. McDonald to press in service the mobile medical vans in the rural areas of Punjab to detect common ailments and bring awareness about healthcare & personal hygiene amongst the poor people. The Chief Minister assured the visiting delegation that the state government would offer all support and cooperation to the consortium for running this prestigious institution.

McDonald assured the Chief Minister that PIMS would not only be one of the best medical institutions in the country but in world also with medical infrastructure of international standards. He said that there would be a frequent exchange of faculty and students aimed at developing expertise and upgradation of knowledge in the filed of medical technology, equipment and practice. He also informed the chief minister that the consortium would soon launch a dental college, a nursing college and a pharmacy college in the PIMS.

It may be recalled that the Punjab Infrastructure Development Board (PIDB) and Department of Medical Education & Research (DMER) invited Private sector participants for development and running of PIMS with medical, dental and paramedical education including auditorium/ convention facilities, housing facilities for staff & students accommodation for visitors and either allied facilities. Feedback ventures private Ltd. is assisting PIDB & DMER in project development under PPP format. Total land area for the project is 56 acres. Scope of work includes, completion of construction and services of institute & ancillary facilities/ units, procurement and installation of necessary medical and diagnostic equipments and infrastructure for running the institute, deployment of adequate trained staff/ faculty for operation of the institute, undertaking recurring expenditure and all necessary activities to run and maintain the hospitals, educational institute and ancillary facilities, to provide quality healthcare at affordable price to the patients. Estimated cost of the project is Rs. 250 crore.

According to the Managing Director PIDB Mr. Sukhbir Singh Sandhu the projects had been awarded to M/s NRI Academy of Sciences; St. Joseph's Healthcare System Inc; EDS Technologies Pvt Ltd; Group of Physicians led by Apparao Mukkamala; Group of Business people led by Rakesh Mahajan and Group of Business people led by Shrikant Mehta - Consortium-the successful bidder at their quoted upfront bid amount of Rs. 13 crore. Over the lease period of 99 years revenue of Rs. 11,600 crore (approx.) is likely to be generated.

Prominent amongst others who were present in the meeting included Vice Chairman Punjab State Planning Board Dr. J S Bajaj, Managing Director PIDB Sukhbir Singh Sandhu besides the members of delegation including Mrs.Johinie McDonald, CFO St. Joseph's Healthcare System USA Jack Robinson, CEO Ranal Inc., Michigan USA Rakesh Mahajan, President NRI Academy of Sciences Dr.AppaRao Mukkamala, Head Cardiology St. Joseph's Healthcare System USA Dr.Mahesh Bikkina, Director Cancer Center Lapeer General Hospital Michigan, USA Dr.Ramesh Bikkina, Mr.Rajasekhar Kothapalli and Brig.Kuldip Singh Chandpuri both Directors of PIMS Medical & Education Charitable Society.

Powercom suspends supply to medical college

JALANDHAR: Power supply of Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), being run by a society headed by rural development minister Surjit Singh Rakhra, was disconnected by Punjab State Power Supply Corporation (Powercom) on Thursday due to non-payment of bills of over Rs 45 lakh. However, Rakhra feigned ignorance about the development, even on Friday.

PIMS is a 400-bed hospital and medical college. It was built by the state government and which was given to PIMS Medical Education Charitable Society by the previous SAD-BJP regime in 2009.

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