British Raj institution now in the forefront of the fight against Covid-19
The latest addition to the 152-year-old Bowring and Lady Curzon Hospital has been named after one of the country’s most iconic Prime Ministers. Addressing the media on Sunday, Health and Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar said the medical college and research institute in the hospital campus, which was inaugurated 2 years ago, would henceforth be called the Sri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Medical College and Research Institute.
Located in the bustling Shivajinagar area in the heart of the Bengaluru’s central business district, the teaching hospital has turned out medical doctors since the heyday of the British Raj.
ಬೆಂಗಳೂರಿನ ಬೌರಿಂಗ್ ಮತ್ತು ಲೇಡಿ ಕರ್ಜನ್ ಆಸ್ಪತ್ರೆಯ ಆವರಣದಲ್ಲಿ ನೂತನವಾಗಿ ಆರಂಭಿಸಲಾಗಿರುವ ಸರ್ಕಾರಿ ವೈದ್ಯಕೀಯ ಕಾಲೇಜಿನ ಹೆಸರನ್ನು “ಶ್ರೀ ಅಟಲ್ ಬಿಹಾರಿ ವಾಜಪೇಯಿ ಮೆಡಿಕಲ್ ಕಾಲೇಜು ಮತ್ತು ಸಂಶೋಧನಾ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆ” ಎಂದು ಮರುನಾಮಕರಣ ಮಾಡಲಾಗಿದೆ.@CMofKarnataka @BSYBJP pic.twitter.com/UNOr9DblWK— Dr Sudhakar K (@mla_sudhakar) November 21, 2020
Deemed an autonomous university, the institute was named after Lady Curzon, the wife of the then Viceroy of India, by Mysore Commissioner Lewin Benthon Bowring when he inaugurated it in 1868 with 104 beds, including 24 for female patients.
It has lived up to its reputation by being among the first government hospitals to be designated as a Covid hospital this year. According to Dr Sudhakar, it has been in the forefront of the war against the coronavirus pandemic along with Victoria Hospital – another Raj institution – located in the City Market area.