The fee structure for education at AIIMS could be modeled on the lines of IITs, IIMs

The fee structure for medical education at AIIMS across India may be revised and modeled on the lines of IITs and IIMs to increase the revenue generation potential of the premier institute, according to a recommendation made in the ‘ chintan shivir’ of AIIMS held in August.

Improving healthcare services at all AIIMS and identifying a suitable implementable model for sustainable revenue generation to reduce dependence on public funds were among the issues deliberated at the ‘shivir’.

The Union health ministry is in the process of finalizing a committee that will study the feasibility of these recommendations and see the level of increase that can be done, an official source told PTI.

“One of the suggested recommendations is to review the fee structure of courses like MBBS, post-graduation and nursing education and adopt the structure followed in IITs and IIMs to increase the revenue generation potential of the premier institute,” he said the source

Currently, the fees for the MBBS course at AIIMS is around Rs 6,500.

The cost of an MBA or a postgraduate degree at an IIM is Rs 24-25 lakh, while for BTech at an IIT you have to pay up to Rs 10-12 lakh and up to Rs 3 lakh for an M Tech .

The other prominent recommendations are to convert one-third of the general ward beds in all AIIMS into special wards and further increase the number of private wards, setting up a committee to review AIIMS charges for non-paying patients and that pay to improve revenue generation.

Another recommendation also highlighted the creation of a mechanism to identify the beneficiaries of AB-PMJAY, the state government scheme, CGHS, ECHS, Railways and any other government linked scheme to contribute to the revenue kitty, they to say.

A cross-subsidy model can also be tried in which the poor receive the services for free, those who opt for a paid service are treated according to their rights, according to the recommendations that add ancillary services and support services are they can take advantage of to generate additional income.

There is also a suggestion that AIIMS facilities can collaborate with reputed institutes like IITs, IIMs to carry out collaborative research, education instead of duplicating resources and straining the exchequer, said a source

In the annual budget announced for 2022-23, Rs 4.19 billion was allocated for the Indian Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi.

The 23 AIIMS include those that are fully functional, partially operational or under construction.

Besides AIIMS Delhi, 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 they 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.

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