The bill to construct 3 new AIIMS in India has been passed by the Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
All India Institute of Medical Studies (AIIMS), a group of autonomous public medical colleges of higher education is already set up in 9 parts of the country. But recently, the bill to set up new centers of AIIMS under the ambit of AIIMS Act, 1956 has been approved by the Union Cabinet.
The three newly decided locations are Vijaynagar in Jammu; Awantipur, in Kashmir and Rajkot in Gujarat.
The AIIMS to be constructed at Jammu, Kashmir and Gujrat are allotted a budget of Rs. 1661 crores, Rs. 1828 crores and Rs. 1195 crores respectively.
These institutes have been declared as the Institutes of National Importance by the Parliament of India. The funding of all AIIMS comes from the Central Government.
This construction is expected to be finished in 48 months for the Jammu centre, 72 months for the Kashmir and 45 months for the Gujrat centre.
The objective behind undertaking such a huge project is to provide quality tertiary healthcare, medical education, and research. A total of 100 UG (MBBS) seats and 60 B.Sc.(Nursing) seats will be included in new AIIMS.
The building infrastructure of the new AIIMS is likely to be same as that of old AIIMS including AIIMS New Delhi and other six AIIMS constructed under the Phase 1 of PMSSY(Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojna).
The new AIIMS will be equipped with 15-20 super specialty departments, 750 hospital beds, medical college, AYUSH block, auditorium, night shelter, guest house, hostels, and residential facilities.
The Union Health Minister of India, Mr. JP Nadda, said, "The establishment of new AIIMS will serve the dual purpose of providing super specialty healthcare to the population closer to their homes, while also help create a large pool of doctors and other health workers in this region that can be available for primary and secondary level institutions and facilities being created under the National Health Mission (NHM).”
The first All India Institute of Medical Studies (AIIMS) was set up in New Delhi in 1956 and was envisioned by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. Along with this, 6 other AIIMS were set up in the year 2012 under PMSSY. In 2018, new AIIMS were constructed in Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra.
The construction of these new AIIMS can be seen as the development of better medical facilities in India along with quality education and employment generation.
According to NIRF, AIIMS ranks 1 in the national ranking of medical colleges. Hence, it can be deduced that the new centers come with strong hopes of improved facilities in major parts of the country.