KOHIMA: The Nagaland Institute of Medical Sciences & Research (NIMSR) in Phriebagie, the state’s maiden medical college, officially commenced its MBBS classes for the 2023-24 academic year today.
The celebratory induction programme witnessed the presence of Nagaland’s Chief Secretary J Alam, Principal Director of Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Ritu Thurr, alongside the director and dean of NIMSR, Prof. Dr. Soumya Chakraborty, the fresh batch of medical students, and the institute’s dedicated faculty.
In the lead-up to this occasion, Prof Chakraborty, had shared that of the total 100 available seats, a notable 85 had been dedicatedly secured for aspiring candidates hailing from Nagaland with the remaining 15 being allotted under the All India Quota.
The institute’s journey began on a comprehensive note, encompassing foundation courses, a series of induction programmes, hostel allocation, a thorough campus familiarisation, and fostering a robust interaction between the newly-inducted students and their experienced faculty.
Prof. Chakraborty, who assumed her role as the inaugural director-cum-dean of NIMSR on December 12, 2022, speaking to a local daily earlier, had spoken about the institution’s humble beginnings, the challenges faced and the relentless effort invested. Labelling the current phase as “a happening day”, she had exuded optimism about the road ahead.
Detailing the institute’s rapid progress, she had informed about the sanctioning of 326 posts, of which 43 faculty positions have already been filled. The remaining posts, she assured, will be systematically filled as the institute evolves.
Back on June 20, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio had made a commitment to allocate any additional funds necessary for the project’s completion from the state budget every year. Furthermore, he directed the NIMSR authorities and the health and family welfare department to coordinate and ensure a comprehensive final inspection ahead of the academic session’s commencement.