The government has confirmed a proposal to give specific names to all AIIMS, including one in Delhi, based on regional heroes, freedom fighters, historical events or monuments of the area or its distinct geographical identity.
Most of the 23 All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) have submitted a list of names, after the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare sought their suggestions on the matter, official sources told PTI.
AIIMS, many of which are operational while others are set up under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY), are known by their generic name and distinguished only by their location, an official explained.
“So, the Union health ministry has come up with a proposal to give specific names to all the 23 AIIMS, which include those that are fully functional, partially operational or under construction,” the source said.
In this regard, suggestions were sought for assigning specific names to different AIIMS, which could be linked to prominent local or regional heroes, freedom fighters, distinct geographical identity of the area where the institute is located and historical events or outstanding monuments of the region. ” the source explained.
Most of these leading health institutes are known to have suggested three to four names along with a note explaining the suggested names.
Six new AIIMS – Bihar (Patna), Chhattisgarh (Raipur), Madhya Pradesh (Bhopal), Odisha (Bhubaneswar), Rajasthan (Jodhpur) and Uttarakhand (Rishikesh) were approved in Phase 1 of PMSSY and are fully functional.
Of the 16 AIIMS established between 2015 and 2022, MBBS classes and outpatient services have been started in 10 institutes, while only MBBS classes have been started in two others. The remaining four institutes are at different stages of development.