Medical Council of India (MCI) conducted a surprise check at the upcoming Doon Medical College on Tuesday and it seems the institution will miss its January 15 opening deadline.
While the MCI report is "confidential", Dr. RP Bhatt, director general medical education, told TOI, "The project has got delayed by over eight months because the agency responsible has been working at a slow pace. It is only in the last three months that work has picked up. Even then, the college will not be able to start before 2016."
"The MCI inspection is confidential. We will receive a report in the next fifteen days. Based on the findings, we can prepare a new schedule so the process can be sped up" he added.
Inadequate planning and delay in the release of funds are being cited as reasons behind the lag in the project. Construction work was scheduled to finish on December 31 and the medical education department was to take charge of the facility on January 15.
The project, the cost for which was estimated to be around Rs 110 crore, is aimed at increasing the number of doctors in the state. The college is likely to churn out 100 MBBS graduates every year.
Construction work involves the renovation of Doon Hospital to suit the requirements of a medical college and the construction of a college campus in Patel Nagar, which is a kilometre away from the hospital.