If all goes well, the diamond city will get a world-class international institute of neurosciences by 2013.
Dr Keki Turel, head of department of neurosurgery at Bombay Hospital in Mumbai, has joined hands with the city-based PP Savani Group to set up India’s first dedicated Rs 1,000 crore institute for neurosciences.
The state-of-the-art institute of neurosciences, likely to come up on 20 acres of land at Abhrama area, will have a trauma centre, a research institute, a rehabilitation centre, a diagnostics centre and an air ambulance facility among other things.
"Surat is my hometown and it was my dream to set up an ultra modern institute for neurosciences here. The project will be completed in three phases and it will be the first institute of this type in the country and Asia," said Turel, an eminent neurosurgeon from Parsi community.
He was in the city to finalise land with the PP Savani Group.
Turel, who has the credit of removing two of the world’s largest brain tumours weighing over half a kilo and the first surgeon in India to operate on patients suffering from AIDS, said, "I want to introduce robotic surgery in the institute. I want people from across the country to come to the diamond city for treatment." According to him, about 75 per cent of accidents are fatal due to brain injury and 10 per cent of hospital admissions are because of neurology-related subjects.
"There are many renowned Indian doctors settled abroad, who are keen to return and give their services to the people here. I am planning to invite such neurosurgeons and neurophysicians to offer their services to the patients in Surat and south Gujarat," Turel said.