PM Modi Inaugurates India’s First Totally-Free Medical College - Sri Madhusudan Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research in Karnataka
Set-up cost of INR 400 Crores seen as a Societal Investment by Founder
Chikkaballapur, March 25: Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today inaugurated India’s first totally-free medical college established by humanitarian and spiritual leaderSadguru Sri Madhusudan Sai, built at a capital cost of Rs 400 crore at Muddenahalli, the birthplace of Bharath Ratna Sri M Visvesvaraya. This unique model of medical education – giving medical education for free - will be an added impetus to the various government interventions to address the need for quality healthcare delivery in rural India. Sri Basavaraj Bommai - CM of Karnataka and Dr K Sudhakar, Minister of Health and Medical Education – Govt. of Karnataka were also presentat the event at SathyaSai Grama, Muddenahalli. This free medicalcollege holds greatpromise in transforming the landscape of medical education in the country, providing new opportunities for underprivileged students in rural areas who have long dreamt of such an opportunity.
The Sri Madhusudan Sai Institute of Medical Sciencesand Research which comprises of one teachinghospital and an academic block apart from hostels, auditorium, staff residences and sports facilities with a total area of about 3,25,000 sq.ft., is a unique and first-of-its-kind project,which will set a new standard for accessibility to quality medical education, check exclusion, for first-generation learners and disadvantaged students from rural India. After qualifying in the NEET entrance examination, students will be embraced into the college with just one pair of clothes, and everything else will be taken care by the Prashanthi Balamandira Trust which has established this medical college. The Trust acquired the necessary land and built the infrastructure for the medical college to commence in the academic year June 2023-24. The entire capital expenditure for the Sri Madhusudan Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research has been through the support of like-minded individuals from around the world, and since there is no pressure of profiteering, it becomes alow-cost model. Honourable Prime Minister, Sri Narendra Modi said, “Sathya Sai Grama has given a wonderful modelof service to this land of Bharath.The selfless servicesactivities of Nutrition, Education and Healthcare that are being done from this place are truly appreciable. The inauguration of the free medicalcollege gives additional strength and enthusiasm to their alreadyexisting service projects.Sri Madhusudan Sai Institute of Medical Sciencesand Research will produce Doctorsand Allied Healthcare Providers who will submit themselves for the service of the Nation. ‘Amrut Kaal’ can be achieved only through one way – consistent efforts by each one of you, and this is what is happening from this place.”
Sadguru Sri Madhusudan Sai said: “The dream of an ‘amrut kaal’ is finding its light of the day under the leadership of Sri Narendra Modi Ji. He is always available to support the cause of the good and the noble, and encourages good deeds where ever it happens. We are honoured to have Modi Ji inaugurate this medical college. Seven years ago, a girl doing her Grade 12 at our educational institutions expressed her wish to becomea doctor to serve the rural people.Her father who is workingas a cook did not have in his capacity to finance her medical education. We gave this girl an opportunity to pursue medical education, especially touched by her pure intention to serve the needy. Today, she has becomea Doctor and works in our institution. Thus, we decidedto extend this
opportunity for all children who have the aptitude but not the affordability to pursue medicaleducation, and especially to thosewho wants to study to serve others.”
Sarkar (Government), Samaj (Society), and Sansthan (Institution) – If these factors come together, then anything can be achieved.This is the right time to exertefforts to upliftIndia and restoreits glory back,and this is possible only under the leadership of Sri Narendra Modi Ji, and none else.”
Honourable Chief Ministerof Karnataka, Sri Basavaraj Bommaisaid, “Sadguru Sri Madhusudan Sai’s determination to establish an institution that will offer free medical education is commendable. I congratulate Sadguru Sri Madhusudan Sai for bringing into reality a hospital that is world-class in its servicequality, and offering it all completely free of cost. This is unbelievable.
Our Honourable Prime Minister has a great vision for this country and his loving concern for the poorest of the poor is palpable. For the first time, a country with a 130 crore population has dared to initiate a programme that ensures accessibility of healthcare for all through Ayushman Bharat. Modi Ji is a man who dares to dream the most difficult things and achieves the most difficult things.
This event is a culmination of two great personalities – a man who has created a new healthcare model that provides access to the poorest of the poor in the country, and an institution that is giving free medical servicesfor the poorestof the poor. This is a day that givesa new ray of hope and confidence for all the people of this country, and this is what it is about building an Atma Nirbhar Bharat.”
The teaching hospital currently comprises 360 beds spread across two buildings. In the next phase, another hospital block with an extension of academic, and more hostel facilities will be constructed.