Apollo Hospitals will invest about 400 crore to set up a
medical college and hospital in Kolkata.
Coming up on the southern outskirts of the city, the
hospital will be set up by the Apollo Hospitals Education & Research Trust.
This is the second such 'Apollo Medical College and
Hospital' in the country, after Hyderabad, which has a 550-bed hospital and
admits 100 students per session.
Prathap C Reddy, Chairman, Apollo Hospitals said that the
Kolkata medical college would admit 150 students initially, which could be
increased to 200. The adjoining hospital will have 1,000 beds.
Expected to be completed in three phases, the Kolkata
facility is likely to start admissions by June 2018. It will have 21 courses.
"Within the first three years, some 300 to 500 beds
are likely to be operational (at the hospital). And by the fifth year, all
1,000 beds will be operational. We are trying to start admissions (in the
college) by July 2017 or 2018," he said.