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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,


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