Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma laying foundation of Medical College at USTM on 3rd October 2022
9th Mile, Khanapara, Ri Bhoi, October 5, 2022: The “P.A. Sangma International Medical College & Hospital”—a mega dream project of ERD Foundation Guwahati and its founder Chairman Mahbubul Hoque has seen the beginning of implementation with the grand foundation laying ceremony held on Monday, 3rd of October 2022 at the proposed medical college ground at the University of Science and Technology Meghalaya. The foundation was laid by Chief Minister Conrad Sangma in presence of Rhonda Vetere, Global Leader from USA, former Meghalaya Governor R.S. Mooshahary, Home and Education Minister Lahkmen Rymbui, Dr R. C. Deka, former Director, AIIMS; Dr Dhrubajyoti Borah, VC, Srimanta Sankaradeva University of Health Sciences; Lt. Gen. Zameer Uddin Shah, former VC, AMU; Dr Abdul Wase, Prof. of Medicine, USA; Mr Faisal Masood, Managing Partner, EO, USA, Mr Sosthenes Sohtun, MLA from Jirang constituency of Meghalaya. Eminent doctors from all over the North East and from various parts of the country and abroad witnessed the historic event at USTM.
USTM Global Ambassador Rhonda Vetere laying foundation of Medical College on 3rd October 2022
Addressing the august gathering, the Chief Minister said that the first private medical college in the state will follow standards second to none. He said his father was instrumental in establishing USTM and naming the medical college after him was a tribute to the late leader. Mr Sangma said the biggest investment a government or a society can make is in human capital and institutes must play an important role in research and innovation. The CM said thorough discussions are underway to see how the state government can collaborate with USTM, especially for the medical college.
Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, Rhonda Vetere, Mahbubul Hoque and other dignitaries at foundation laying programme of Medical College at USTM
The welcome address in the programme was made by Shri Mahbubul Hoque, Chancellor, USTM while the presidential speech was delivered by Shri R.S. Mooshahary. The programme was also addressed by Shri Lahkmen Rymbui, Dr R. C. Deka, Dr Dhrubajyoti Borah, Dr Abdul Wase, Mr Faisal Masood, Lt. Gen. Zameer Uddin Shah and Mr Sosthenes Sohtun. Prof GD Sharma, VC, USTM offered the vote of thanks. A press conference was held after the formal ceremony which was addressed by Rhonda Vetere and Mahbubul Hoque.
Scroll of Honour presented to Rhonda Vetere by Shri Conrad Sangma, Chief Minister, Meghalaya at USTM on 3rd October
Addressing the media, Shri Hoque said, “One of the main features of the Medical College and Hospital is a 200-bedded super speciality hospital with all kinds of technological facilities with cutting-edge research. Following its mission, this hospital will be made completely free for all poor patients. Moreover, we will make its service entirely free for the people of Meghalaya”. Another significant perspective of this noble initiative is its emphasis on extensive research on healthcare. This new institution has its unique target: to attract patients and students from the ASEAN countries. During the initial stage, it will specially target patients and students from Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan.
Mahbubul Hoque, Chancellor, USTM addressing the august gathering on the occasion of foundation laying of Medical College at USTM on 3rd October 2022.
Replying to the media persons, Rhonda Vetere stated that she is very happy to be the global ambassador of USTM. She will contribute towards developing an overall integrated communication strategy through international liaison to promote and enhance visibility of the university and its mission globally, and facilitate collaboration with world class institutions.
Ms Rhonda Vetere addressing the august gathering on the occasion of foundation laying of Medical College at USTM on 3rd October 2022
Besides all technological facilities and high ending equipment, the medical college and hospital will have air ambulance facility, a network of ambulance services that will be provided covering Guwahati and Shillong. Mobile App will be developed so that patients can take hassle-free appointments of the doctors, can avail Ambulance and various other facilities. This will help save their time and get doctors available when they arrive at the hospital. “USTM will be organising National and International seminars and conferences in the healthcare sector. We welcome the support and suggestions of all healthcare experts from NE India in our mission”, Hoque stated.
Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma addressing the august gathering on the occasion of foundation laying of Medical College at USTM on 3rd October 2022
Many doctors from the North East who are working abroad have already expressed their interest to join in this healthcare mission. In order to materialise its Mission Global, Madam Rhonda Vetere has joined USTM as its Global Ambassador, one of the top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology, author and a global leader from New York.
Press Conference being addressed by Mahbubul Hoque, Rhonda Vetere, Dr Abdul Wase and Faisal Masood at USTM on 3rd October 2022
A view of the delegates along with the audience at USTM Central Auditorium in the foundation laying programme of PA Sangma International Medical College & Hospital