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KIMS to invite Kalam for its golden jubilee celebration in September

Staff Correspondent



Planning:Medical Director of the Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences M.G. Hiremath addressing a meeting in Hubli on Sunday.

HUBLI: A two-day programme has been chalked out to mark the golden jubilee celebrations of the Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS), with the governing council deciding to invite the former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam to the event.

Speaking to presspersons after attending a preparatory meeting on the celebrations here on Sunday, Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat Raj and district in-charge Minister Jagadish Shettar said that Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa would also be invited.

Mr. Shettar said that the golden jubilee celebrations would be held on September 18 and 19.

The State Government had sanctioned Rs. 25 lakh towards the celebrations and the KIMS administration planned to mobilise Rs. 15 lakh through delegates' fees and other sources.

Projects

The KIMS administration had initiated nearly 20 development works worth Rs. 42 crore, by utilising the special grant sanctioned by the State. Another Rs. 10 crore had been allocated to KIMS to develop a cancer hospital along the lines of Kidwai Hospital in Bangalore, Mr. Shettar said.

The KIMS governing council had approved a proposal to establish a KIMS Golden Jubilee Super-speciality Hospital at a cost of Rs. 52 crore.

Enhancement sought

Earlier at the meeting, Medical Director M.G. Hiremath explained the requirements of KIMS and stressed the need to enhance annual allocations, including that for medicines, to meet the additional expenditure the hospital had to incur after the bed capacity at the hospital was increased to 1,200. “Rs. 12 crore is required annually for the purchase of medicines, because of the increased bed capacity and rate of occupancy. But, only Rs. 6 crore is sanctioned as of now,” he said.

Dr. Hiremath said that KIMS planned to mobilise funds to the tune of Rs. 50 lakh through contributions from the alumni. At least 2,000 alumni were expected to participate in the golden jubilee celebrations, he said.

Hubli-Dharwad Mayor Venkatesh Mestri, Pralhad Joshi, MP, journalist Patil Puttappa, members of the governing council, senior doctors and officials of KIMS participated in the meeting.

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