UVI board OKs plan for medical school

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ST. THOMAS - In a meeting during the Easter holiday weekend, the University of the Virgin Islands board gave the green light to develop a plan for a medical school in the territory.

A major gift made by New Generation Power Chairman Chirinjeev Kathuria will support the development plan.

Although the university issued a statement about the board's decision, UVI spokeswoman Nanyamka Farrelly would not provide specifics of the agreement or how much New Generation Power is donating.

UVI President David Hall was unavailable for comment.

The university has planned a press conference for Friday and details about the gift and medical school plan will be revealed then, Farrelly said.

The donation will fund the first development phase of the project to open a medical school; a feasibility study was done last year, according to Farrelly.

UVI signed a power purchasing agreement with Illinois-based New Generation Power last summer, allowing the university to generate up to 3 megawatts of power using two photovoltaic systems, one on each of its campuses. Ground will be broken on the power project next month, according to university officials.

In developing a plan to establish a medical school in the territory, UVI is enlisting the help of both of the territory's hospitals - Schneider Hospital and Luis Hospital - as well as Boston University School of Medicine. UVI also plans to involve the clinics and medical centers on all three islands, according to the UVI statement.

Kathuria founded New Generation Power, a global developer, investor, owner and operator doing utility-scale power generation, distributed generation, and mining exploration and extraction.  

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