By. S.T. Ravikumar
Mysore, July 9- The new building of the Post Graduate Centre of the Government Ayurveda Medical College is coming up on KRS Road opposite the PKTB hospital in city.
Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa had laid the foundation stone for the new building during the Ayurveda College’s centenary celebrations last year, following which the work on the new building was speeded up and is expected to be completed by April 25, 2011.
The project is estimated to cost Rs. 218.90 lakhs, for which the Union Government has provided Rs. 1.50 crore while the rest will be borne by the State Government. The Karnataka Health Systems Development and Reforms Project (KHSDRP) has taken up the responsibility of construction of the building.
Contractor P. Baburaj, who has the experience of building a huge community health centre at Mosale Hosahalli in Hassan district, has been awarded the building contract.
The building, apart from the ground floor, has 2 upper floors, which are proposed to house 8 PG classrooms, a library, a laboratory, Administrative office, Principal and section Heads chambers, computer room, indoor sports facility, an auditorium and a meeting hall.
The quality of construction is being constantly monitored by KHSDRP engineers.
College Principal Dr. Ashok D. Satpute, speaking to Star of Mysore, said that the college campus located on Sayyaji Rao Road in the heart of the city lacked class rooms to run all the PG courses and as such this new building was proposed to be constructed in front of PKTB Hospital on KRS Road.
The hospital, attached to the college on Sayyaji Rao Road, has 175 beds and it is proposed to build a 100-bedded Pancha-karma Ayurveda Hospital in the new premises. This project which is expected to cost Rs. 3 crores has already been launched and the PWD which has taken up construction, is scheduled to complete the work in a year.
This new building will house a mini-operation theatre, special, semi special wards, general and VIP wards, therapy room, pharma formulation room, administrative office and a nursing station. Also the ‘Kaaya Chikitse’ and ‘Ayurveda Siddantha’ sections in the old hospital will be shifted to the new building.
The proposed new sections — Dravyagma, Rasa Sashtra, Panchakarma, Shalyatantra, and Roga Vidhana — will be shifted to the Panchakarma hospital’s new building upon government approval, he explained.
Measures will be taken for setting up nature cure, yoga, homeopathy and all other forms connected with Ayurveda in the new building , he added.