On Thursday, September 16, a medical college in Ahmedabad's Maninagar area, run by an education trust of the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) was named after Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "Now, the 'AMC MET Medical College', which runs from the campus of AMC-run LG Hospital in Maninagar area of the city, will be known as 'Narendra Modi Medical College', announced Hitesh Barot, chairman of the municipal corporation's standing committee.
A proposal to christen the medical college after PM Modi was unanimously passed in a standing committee meeting held on Thursday, he said.
The college was built when Modi was Gujarat Chief Minister, Mr Barot said. "Since this medical college was built during PM Modi's tenure as Gujarat Chief Minister, everyone was of the opinion that it should be named after Narendrabhai so that people remember his contribution. That is the least we can do for a person who did so much for the state and the city," he said.
According to the AMC standing committee chairman, nearly 300 medical students take admission in this college every year in under-graduate and postgraduate courses. The educational institute is affiliated to the AMC-run LG Hospital which has 1,050 beds.
The college, founded in 2009 when Modi was Gujarat CM, is one of the three medical colleges run by the AMC MET in the city. Two others are NHL Municipal Medical College and AMC Dental College.
"It was Modi's vision to strengthen medical education in the state by building colleges so that the state gets more doctors to serve people. The AMC has named the college after Modiji as a tribute to his vision," said Mr Barot, who is also a member of MET. It was Mr Barot who had first floated the idea of renaming the college during MET's executive committee meeting held on Wednesday.
The trust accepted Barot's proposal and submitted the same for consideration during Thursday's standing committee meeting as an "urgent matter". The proposal was unanimously passed during the meeting, he said.