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|Government Medical College, Kollam
(ESIC Medical College Hospital)
|Government of Kerala|
Entrance of ESIC Medical College, Kollam
|Location||Parippally, Kollam, Kerala, India|
(in 2016, Government of Kerala acquired the hospital)
|Hospital type||Medical College|
|Affiliated university||Kerala University of Health Sciences|
|Founded||21 December 2013|
Government Medical College, Kollam is the first Government medical college in Kollam district, Kerala, India, The College was established by the Employees State Insurance Corporation, a Government of India establishment. It was originally named as ESIC Medical College, Parippally. Later it was taken over by the Government of Kerala and renamed as Government Medical College, Kollam.
Initially it was named ESIC medical College and was constructed by the ESI Corporation of India. It was the second medical college project from ESI Corporation of India in the country and the first of its kind in Kerala state. Rs. 480 crores worth ESIC Medical College was inaugurated by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy in Parippally on 21 December 2013, and was the largest Medical College in Kerala in terms of buildings (33 blocks). With the inauguration of the ESI Medical College in Parippally, the demand of the people of Kollam district to have a medical college of their own in the government sector has been fulfilled. Parippally ESIC Medical College is a 500 bedded medical college with a total built-up area of 12,029 sqmtr.
The medical college was initially a project of ESI Corporation. Kodikunnil Suresh, the then Central Deputy Minister of Labour and Employment, announced the ESIC medical college project at Parippally in Kollam during 2012-2013. The works for hospital has been completed and commissioned in December 2013. But in 2014, the NDA lead central ministry decided not to go ahead with ESIC Medical college projects based on a report of the sub-committee that, the projects would probably exhaust the ESI corporation fund. Later in 2016, the UDF lead Kerala Government had decided to take over the institution. But the government failed to appoint needed faculties and other employees for the institution.
Later, in the months of July–August, the LDF lead new government in Kerala had taken the necessary actions for staff appointments to get the first batch of MBBS at ESIC Medical College in 2016-17 year itself. They have created 108 additional posts at the medical college.
The Medical College Hospital is located at Parippally, one of the southern border towns of Kollam District. It is very near to Paravur town. Paravur railway station is the nearest railway station to this hospital. Paravur town and Paravur railway station are 9.7 km away from ESIC Medical College.
The classes for the first batch of medical students at Kollam Government medical college was started on 23 August 2017. Health Minister of Kerala, K. K. Shailaja inaugurated the function in the presence of Chathannoor MLA, G. S. Jayalal, and MP of Kollam Lok Sabha Constituency, N.K. Premachandran.
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