Himachal Pradesh government announced the venue for All Indian Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) is going to be in Bilaspur as approved by the cabinet, which is home town of Union Health minister J P Nadda rather than Mandi, Kangra or Hamirpur as suggested by CM Virbhadra Singh.
The cabinet meeting was presided over by the chief minister, PCC president Sukhwinder Sukhu, Chief Parliamentary Secretaries and Chairmen/vice-chairmen of boards and corporations before the media.
Till now the state has only two medical colleges in the government sector namely, Indira Gandhi Medical College Shimla and Dr Rajendra Prasad Medical College, Tanda (kangra).
Three other medical colleges are proposed for Chamba, Nahana and Hamirpur for which the centre has also sanctioned funds.
The Cabinet also took a decision on Central University to be located in Dharamshala. The location of the university has been a tug of war between Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and former CM prem Kumar Dhumal as a site selection committee of the HRD ministry had recommended twin campuses of the university in 2009, one at Dharamshala and other at Dehra, which is part of Hamirpur Parliamentary constituency represented by Anurag Thakur.