To commemorate the memory of late Indian-American astronaut Kalpana Chawla, chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Sunday laid the foundation stone of Kalpana Chawla Government Medical College here, the fourth in state sector since 2005.

The Rs 650-crore super-specialty college would have a 500-bed hospital, out-patient department, maternity ward, emergency care, nursing college, auditorium, animal house and other facilities, Hooda said. The state government has provided Rs 105 crore in the current financial year to the medical college. Spread over 43 acres, the college building and other premises are expected to be ready in 25 months. The college will offer 100 MBBS seats.

Chawla, the first woman of Indian origin to go into space as a NASA astronaut, died February 2003 when the Columbia space shuttle bringing her and six other astronauts back from space disintegrated on re-entry into the earth's atmosphere. She studied at Tagore Public school in Karnal before joining the Punjab Engineering College in Chandigarh for an aeronautical engineering degree. She later went to the United States for higher studies and joined the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Hooda also laid the foundation stone of Mughal canal phase II and new fire brigade station in Sector-4 and inaugurated the solid waste management plant at Shekhpura in Karnal and building of the mini secretariat Phase II.

Source: Times of India