Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya, the Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare, inaugurated the Nagaland Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (NIMSR) in Kohima, Nagaland. The event was attended by Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, Deputy Chief Minister T. R. Zeliang, and Health Minister P. Paiwang Konyak.
During the inauguration, Dr. Mandaviya emphasized that NIMSR is not just a medical college but also a research institute. He highlighted the significance of the institution in addressing the health issues of the Naga people and encouraged stakeholders to engage in research beyond national borders. The minister informed that the government has initiated foreign language courses in many medical education institutes to enhance students’ opportunities for jobs abroad.
Dr. Mandaviya stressed the government’s commitment to strengthening medical, nursing, and pharmacy education for the holistic development and expansion of the country’s health sector. The goal is to ensure that every citizen has access to affordable and accessible healthcare across the country. He also mentioned the expansion of Jan Aushadhi Kendras to improve access to quality and affordable medicines. Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio expressed gratitude for the inauguration, calling it a historic day for the people of Nagaland. He emphasized that NIMSR would contribute to strengthening the state’s secondary and tertiary healthcare and hoped it would become a center of excellence.
The Nagaland Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (NIMSR) in Kohima aims to provide holistic medical education to MBBS students, deliver comprehensive healthcare services, and conduct research. Affiliated with Nagaland University, NIMSR received permission for 100 MBBS seats for the academic year 2023-2024 from the National Medical Commission. This marks a significant step in improving medical education and healthcare infrastructure in Nagaland and the entire Northeast region.