Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla on Tuesday inaugurated the Mizoram Institute of Medical Education and Research (MIMER) in Aizawl.
On the occasion, Thanhawla said that the college was one of the biggest milestones in the history of Mizoram and attributed it to the peace and development that has prevailed in the State since the signing of the Mizo Peace Accord in 1986.
Health Minister Lal Thanzara thanked his colleagues in various departments who struggled in making the college a reality.
He said that the movement for establishment of the first ever medical college in Mizoram dates back to 2009-'10, which was spearheaded by the present Chief Minister of Mizoram, ably assisted by former Health Minister Lalrinliana Sailo and his officers.
"In the 2013 State Assembly elections, we secured yet another mandate of the people to continue our efforts for the medical college", he added
The Centre cleared the setting up of the first medical college in May this year. The Centre's nod came after the recommendations of the Medical Council of India (MCI) following three inspections.
Officials of the MIMER said that the medical college at present has 74 teachers, including three professors, four associate professors, 28 assistant professors, eight senior resident doctors, 17 junior resident doctors and 14 demonstrators.
As per norms of the Letter of Permission, the State Government was granted to recruit 409 staff, including 104 teaching staff, 33 administrative staff, 44 technical staff, 54 ancillary staff, and 174 nursing staff for the establishment of the medical college.