Health Knowledge City to come up at Aragonda in Andhra on 100 acres.
Chennai-based Apollo Hospitals is planning to set up a health knowledge city at Aragonda in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh.
Called the Apollo Aragonda Health Knowledge City (AHKC), this would come up on 100 acres. The hospital has already acquired the land for Rs 10 crore and is planning to promote the project through public-private partnership.
The group is also planning to dilute 5 per cent of the ownership in Apollo Health Hiway to attract investors to its proposed expansion plans.
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of Apollo Hospitals silver jubilee celebrations here on Thursday, group chairman, Pratap C Reddy said the new city would be operational by 2012. Reddy did not comment on the investment.
The group would train 2,000 people annually in this new city at various levels starting from medical staff, nursing, paramedics, executives and support staff. According to Reddy, this is part of their commitment to create 25,000 skilled healthcare workers every year.
As part of its IT initiative, it would invest around Rs 8 crore to make the hospital paperless and has selected Tata Consultancy Service (TCS) for the project.
On the occasion, Apollo Hospitals today signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) to facilitate the training programme and also to certify the students.
Both the partners will jointly develop around 45 courses in various verticals including pharma, medical assistance, health management, actuarial science and others.
The courses will start from January 2009 and will be of 3 months to 2 years duration, and will be delivered through a combination of online, onsight and distance learning.
Sangeeta Reddy, executive director, Apollo Hospitals Group, said the new city would have training institutions, nursing colleges, living areas, hospitals and research units. Around 20 acres would be allotted to indigenous manufacturers, she added.
On Apollo Health Hiway plans to dilute 5 per cent of the ownership, Reddy declined to comment saying things were in the preliminary stage.