The academic session of the first batch of AIIMS Rajkot in Gujarat started on Monday from its temporary campus at Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Medical College with 50 MBBS students.
Chief Minister Vijay Rupani opened the first virtual academic session, with Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and Union Minister of State for Health Ashwin Chaubey joining the event via video conference.
Addressing the meeting via video conference from New Delhi, Vardhan said that AIIMS Rajkot is included in Phase Six of Pradhan Mantri Swastha Suraksha Yojana.
It will be a 750-bed hospital with multiple specialty and super-specialty departments, and will have a total outlay of Rs 1,195 million, including Rs 185 million for state-of-the-art medical equipment, the minister said.
AIIMS Rajkot will have 125 MBBS and 60 nursing seats in due course, he added.
He said AIIMS campuses are being established in different parts of the country “to promote regional dissemination of super specialty healthcare” and it is a “concerted effort to ensure quality healthcare for each and every citizen of India “.
The short-term goal of establishing new AIIMS was to reduce gaps in affordable tertiary health care, while the long-term vision is to create well-being among people, the minister said.
“The government is making an effort to increase the availability of MBBS seats to 80,000, to close the gap in the requirement of doctors. From 2013-14 onwards, the number of MBBS seats in the six new AIIMS has increased to 600, providing an opportunity for an additional 300 MBBS applicants, ”he said.
“With the addition of new AIIMS, including AIIMS Rajkot, the general availability of MBBS seats in the country has increased to 42,495 in government institutions. Seats will increase even more in the future as AIIMS Rajkot moves from its temporary campus to a permanent one, ”he added.
He said the Union Ministry of Health was striving to achieve the World Health Organization’s goal of a doctor-to-patient ratio of 1: 1000 by 2021.
Union Minister Chaubey said former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s dream was for every state in the country to have an AIIMS campus, adding that six such facilities were established during the late Sushma Swaraj’s tenure as Union Minister of Health.
He said permission had been granted for 22 campuses of the Indian Institute of Medical Sciences.
Senior Minister Vijay Rupani said previous governments at the Center had denied the state the opportunity to have an AIIMS and it was only after Narendra Modi became prime minister that permission came.
The land for AIIMS Rajkot had been allocated and PM Modi would soon lay the foundation stone, the CM reported.
“It is a great pleasure for us that when Narendra Modi became Prime Minister, he granted permission for AIIMS to establish itself throughout the country. Previous governments did not pay much attention to the health sector, ”he said.
MP CM Nitin Patel said the Gujarat government was establishing one or two medical schools each year, which addressed the need for doctors.