Himachal Pradesh government today signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to invest Rs. 100 crore with Six Sigma Healthcare to set up Asia’s First Mountain Institute in Shimla district and Chudhdhar areas in presence of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur. Six Sigma Healthcare is a super specialized Mountain Medicines team trained by the Armed Forces in India since 2009. Six Sigma is providing free high altitude medical services in all pilgrimage like Amarnath, Kailash Mansarover, Kedarnath, Manimahesh and disasters like Uttrakhand flood and Nepal earthquake.
In the meeting the proposal for setting up the institute was given by the Chief Executive Officer of Six Sigma, Dr. Pradeep Bhardwaj and Board Member of Six Sigma Major General Atul Kaushik, Souvik Chandra Dutta. The Chief Minister accepted the proposal and said that the Government will provide support in the purchase of the land for the institute in Shimla and Sirmaur district. He appreciated the team of Six Sigma health care for providing healthcare facility in Kailash Manimahesh Yatra. The Chief Minister added that the State Government is committed to provide quality health services in the mountainous areas and pilgrimage.
The Medical Director of the Six Sigma healthcare, Dr. Pradeep Bharadwaj told that the institute once being operational would provide jobs to 727 youths. He said that the objective of the institute is to develop all type of research in Allopathy, Homeopathy, Ayurveda, Naturopathy and Yoga concerning high altitude mountains and to educate professionals in mountain medicines.
Secretary Health Amitabh Awasthi, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Dr. R.N Batta, Six Sigma Board Member Major General Atul Kaushik were also present on the occasion.