There are plans to have more advanced centres. We aspire to improve patient care, medical education and research. The plan also includes de-congestion of the emergency wing, setting up
various centres of excellence, state-of-the-art operation theatres, and exploring the pathogenesis (cause) of various diseases at molecular level. The next step would be to have the facility of multi-organ transplant.
Dr YK Chawla, director, PGI (2012 convocation speech) The PGI has expanded so much in the last five decades, and we have seen every brick being laid. No doubt the huge funding, which is being expected in the 12th plan, will bring in many new centres. But past experience shows that if infrastructure on the periphery is weak, the potential of these centres is not fully realised.
Dr IC Pathak, former director, PGI It’s nice to know that a neurosciences centre is finally coming up. Neurology
and neuro-surgery are departments most vital for the institute and need the best infrastructure. Liver care should also be the priority. But the old infrastructure, including Nehru Hospital and research blocks, should be strengthened so that the original departments also improve.
Dr SK Sharma, former director, PGI There should be an integrated master plan for 25 years. Towers for housing, hostels, lodges etc should be funded by institutional loans. The hospital engineering department needs rich inter-disciplinary technical knowledge and restructuring. A National Institute of Hospital Engineering and Architecture should be opened immediately.
JC Mehta, former head, engineering department,