Assam: First session of MBBS begins at Diphu Medical College


GUWAHATI: The first academic session of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) at Diphu Medical College and Hospital began formally in the presence of Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal and health, education minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma on Tuesday.

“We have aimed at making Assam one of the best and developed states of India. The new generation should work hard and concentrate on studies to realise these dreams,” said CM Sonowal.

He stated that though Karbi Anglong district was created in 1951, the district witnessed momentum in development since 2016 after the BJP-led government came to power.

Speaking on the occasion, minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said, “Today is a day of happiness for me. I am fortunate to witness the arrangements and development of four medical colleges set up in Assam in the last decade at Barpeta, Tezpur, Jorhat and Diphu.”

Dr. Sarma had laid the foundation stone of Diphu Medical College and Hospital on January 19, 2011 when he was the health minister in Tarun Gogoi-led government.

“After the laying of foundation stone, elections in Assam took place. I became health minister again and started the construction of Diphu Medical College. I left the health department or council of ministers following turn of political events. Probably within 15 days of assuming the office of health minister again in 2016, I visited this site. The project was almost abandoned then,” Sarma mentioned in his speech.

Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma stated that in the last four years, not only the construction of the medical college gained impetus, but also the road connectivity to the college witnessed unprecedented development.

Chief minister Sonowal and minister Sarma also inaugurated several developmental projects for the hill district.