Indore (Madhya Pradesh): The 145-year-old building of the King Edward Medical School-- with exteriors resembling to Hogwarts from Harry Potter's, will soon be developed as a library for the medical students.
The building that stands tall in the campus of MGM medical college has been awaiting restoration for last several years.
It's finally on Thursday that the administration has cleared the air about its fate and prepared the ‘Detailed Project Report’ for the restoration of the building and turning it into a library.
“KEM School building is the symbol of our heritage and development of medical education in Indore. It was one of the oldest medical schools of the country and we will soon restore it to bring its mystique,” Dean of MGM Medical College Dr Sanjay Dixit said.
A DPR to convert the 19th century monument has been prepared and the medical college administration will spend Rs 1 crore to preserve and maintain it.
“We have planned to start a library and may also use part of the building as the museum. Our main aim is to maintain and preserve the building,” Dr Dixit said.
The KEM School was established in 1848 and the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College came into existence in 1953, about a century later. The KEM School is an example of French Gothic style architecture and it is even famous as ‘Hogwarts’ among the city’s youth.
Many proposals were made, nothing came to ground
Various proposals were made in the past to restore the structure and even the proposal to turn the building into a café was also given by the administration. It was also proposed to handover the building to MP Tourism and AICTSL.
Now, the medical college administration has put down all the proposals and decided to restore the building on their own.
Badminton court, tracks to be developed to utilise ground
Not only has the KEM building but the medical college administration also came up with the plan to develop the sports facilities for the students. “We have also prepared a plan to develop tracks, badminton courts, and other sports facilities for the students at the ground behind the KEM School. It would also cost about Rs 1 crore,” Dr Dixit added.
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