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Indian Church's medical school opens in Ranchi next month

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October 29, 2015

masterplanNEWS 2015 -The Constant Lievens Academy of Health Sciences and Hospital at Mandarin Jharkhand is to start its functioning from next month. A venture of the Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI), the Catholic Medical Collegeaims to take healthcare to a predominantly tribal region.

The Chief Minister of Jharkhand, Raghubar Das, will be the chief guest at the inauguration set to take place on November 7.

Political and social leaders as well as top Church dignitaries in India are expected to attend the function to be held at Holy Family Hospital in Mandar, said a note from Auxiliary Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas of Ranchi, chairperson of the college’s executive committee.

The ceremonies include Mass at 10 am followed by inauguration of the college and cultural programs.

The Medical College project had emerged from the CBCI General Body meeting in 2008 held in Jamshedpur, a major city in Jharkhand. Responding to the acute shortage of healthcare personnel in Jharkhand and in the tribal belt of Chotanagpur, the CBCI decided to start the project near the state capital of Ranchi.

The Medical Mission Sisters who since 1947 run the Holy Family Hospital in Mandar agreed to collaborate with the CBCI, and the Archdiocese of Ranchi contributed 8 acres of land.

The Medical Mission Sisters, the North Eastern Province of the Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales (Fransalians) and the Archdiocese of Ranchi are managing the project for CBCI.

The medical college has come up after several initial hiccups. Fransalian Father Biju Kanichery, project director and CBCI Society for Medical Education-North India, said the project has gone through “a rather painful and discouraging” patch. “But after a lot of hard work and efforts from many quarters things can now be speeded up with the support of many,” he added.

The priest said the project would be “a solace” to the suffering people in India’s tribal heartland. “In the first phase of the project, infra-structure for a 500-bed hospital and the medical college, nursing college, hostel facilities and other ancillary units, are to be constructed,” the priest explained.

The college is named after Servant of God Constant Lievens, the apostle of Chota-Nagpur. It is the work of Jesuit Father Constant Lievens, who came to the region in 1885, that rooted the Catholic Church in Jharkhand.

Through this institution, the Catholic Church seeks to make a significant contribution to medical education and service, the improvement of which is a primary need of the country and especially of North India, said Cardinal Telesphore P. Toppo of Ranchii.

The college is patterned on the CBCI’s first such attempt — St. John’s Medical College in Bangalore, which has been rated one of the best private medical colleges in India.

Source: UCA News, October 21, 2015

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