Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi sanctioned the proposal to set up three new All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). At a total of cost of Rs 4,949 crore, new AIIMS will be established in Nagpur in Maharashtra, Manglagiri in Andhra Pradesh and Kalyani in West Bengal under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojna (PMSSY).
The project to set up new AIIMS will be a boon for large number of population residing in Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra (Vidarbha) & West Bengal along with other adjoining states.
Earlier in the year 2009, the government decided to set up AIIMS like institutes at Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh and at Raiganj in West Bengal. But now as per the present proposal, the new AIIMS of the West Bengal Region will be established at Kalyani which is 50 kilometers away from Kolkata instead of Raiganj which is 400 kilometers away from Kolkata.
The official statement reads, “The proposed institutions shall have hospitals with a capacity of 960 beds. In addition, there shall be teaching, administrative and AYUSH blocks, auditoriums, nursing colleges, night shelters, hostels and residential facilities.”
Union Minister Piyush Goyal while giving synopsis of the meeting to the media said, “New AIIMS will be established as institutes of national importance for providing quality medical education, nursing education and also to provide tertiary healthcare facilities to the people of these locations.”
Under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojna, the total budget that has been passed to establish new AIIMS is Rs 4,949 crore. The cost involved in setting up AIIMS at Manglagiri will be somewhere around Rs 1,618 crore, Rs 1,577 crore for Nagpur and while that for Kalyani will be around Rs 1754 crore. Further the Minister added, “Setting up of these AIIMS will address regional imbalances in availability of affordable and reliable tertiary health care services in these regions. It will augment the facilities of quality medical education and would also address the shortfall of health care professionals in these regions.”
It must be noted that under the PMSSY, six new AIIMS have started functioning while the construction of AIIMS, Rae Bareily is under progress.
The proposal for the development of AIIMS was laid in the year 2003 on the occasion of 32nd Convocation by late Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. Sushma Swaraj, the then Health Minister while addressing the gathering on the same occasion as President of AIIMS said that 6 AIIMS will be started shortly.
In the month of February, the Government has decided to establish seven more AIIMS out of which three have been given final sanction. The remaining are:
- AIIMS Rae Bareli, Uttar Pradesh
- AIIMS Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh
- AIIMS Bathinda
- AIIMS Madurai, Tamil Nadu
- AIIMS Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh
- AIIMS Jammu Jammu and Kashmir
- AIIMS Srinagar Jammu and Kashmir
- AIIMS Assam
- AIIMS Bihar
AIIMS New Delhi Extension
The extension of AIIMS New Delhi or say the second campus of AIIMS New Delhi was established in the year 2009 at Badhsa village in Haryana’s Jhajjar district. The Institute is spread over 330 acres of land and was set up under the aegis of Prof. T D Dogra as Director AIIMS New Delhi and Dr. Ambumani Ramadoss (President AIIMS), Minister of Health and Family Welfare.