India's leading university Jamia Milia Islamia will have an ultra-modern hospital in the campus with financial aid from Saudi Arabia.
The university and the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia Tuesday signed an agreement to set up the King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Health Center with an investment of Rs.22.5 million.
The memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between Jamia vice chancellor Mushirul Hasan and the Saudi embassy authorities at the university here.
Spread over three floors, the state-of-the-art facility will have multi-specialty treatment rooms, rehabilitation center, x-ray rooms, emergency first aid, pharmacy and dining and lounge for medical staff. It would also have a mini operation theatre.
"According to the terms of the MoU, the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia shall provide Rs.2.25 crore (Rs.22.5 million) financial assistance towards the construction of a building for the King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Health Center. The fund will be handed over to JMI in four phases, according to the progress of the work," university chief information officer Rakshanda Jaleel told IANS.
The Saudi king had visited the university in 2005 and both parties were talking to each other over the last few months about such an initiative.
"Our existing health center was too small and this new hospital would cater to the need of over 6,000 students and staffs of the university. The blueprint is ready and construction of the building is going to start shortly. It would be completed within an year," Jaleel added.