The All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) are a group of autonomous public medical colleges of higher education. These institutes have been declared by an Act of Parliament as Institutes of National Importance. AIIMS Delhi, the fore-runner parent excellence institution, was established in 1956.
From the 2013–14 academic session, the overall availability of MBBS seats in India rose to 42,169. The health ministry is striving to achieve the target doctor-patient ratio of 1:1000 by 2021, which at present is 1:2000. The government plans to increase overall availability of MBBS seats to 80,000 and of PG seats to 45,000 from the current 22,194 by 2021. The aim is to reduce the shortage of doctors, which is currently pegged at around 800,000 (800,000). India has 27 regional cancer centres.400 RT machines are available for cancer treatment.
At AIIMS, students get clinical postings from the second year itself, and that’s when we get a first-hand experience of patients and our profession. The sheer variety and number of cases one gets to handle here is mind-boggling.
AIIMS, a tertiary care centre, gets patients whom other hospitals have failed to cure. That, in itself, is a challenge as well as an opportunity. We see the rarest of cases from all over the country. When expected to handle such patients, one obviously reads and researches more. The technology, too, is the best one can find. We have state-of-the-art lecture theatres, instrumentation and skill labs. The faculty lays a lot of stress on research work from the very beginning.
List of AIIMS Institutes
|AIIMS New Delhi||AIIMS||1956||New Delhi||Delhi|
|AIIMS Bhopal||AIIMS||2012||Bhopal||Madhya Pradesh|
Future of AIIMS
On July 2014, in the budget speech for 2014-15, the Minister of Finance Arun Jaitley announced a budget of ₹500 crore (equivalent to ₹559 crore or US$87 million in 2016) for setting up four new AIIMS, in Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra and the Purvanchal region in Uttar Pradesh. These four “Phase-IV” institutes, are to become AIIMS Mangalagiri in Andhra Pradesh, AIIMS Nagpur in Maharashtra, AIIMS Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh and AIIMS Kalyani in West Bengal.
On 28 February 2015, in the 2015-2016 budget speech, Jaitley announced five more AIIMS, in Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Assam and Tamil Nadu and an “AIIMS-like” institute in Bihar. On 7 November 2015, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi had announced development package for Jammu & Kashmir which includes the setting up of two AIIMS, in the capital cities of Jammu and Kashmir. Of these seven “Phase-V” institutes, sites have been assigned for at Changsari in Assam, Vijay Pur in the Jammu Division of Jammu and Kashmir, Awantipora in the Kashmir Division of Jammu and Kashmir and Bathinda in Punjab. No sites weres assigned yet for the institutes in Bihar, Himachal Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.
On 1 February 2017, in the budget presentation for 2017-2017, Jaitley announced two more AIIMS, in Jharkhand and Gujarat. Of the two “Phase-VI” institutes, a site in Deoghar was assigned for the institute in Jharkhand, but no site was yet assigned in Gujarat.