July 16, 2011

Three top medical institutes to mentor 6 AIIMS clones

India's best medical institutes will mentor the six new AIIMS-like institutions that are under construction.

Union health ministry has put three of the best known existing medical institutes — AIIMS Delhi, JIPMER Puducherry and PGI Chandigarh — in charge of helping the six new institutes find their feet.

"It will be like a hand-holding exercise to show them the way," a ministry official said.

AIIMS Delhi, will mentor the two new institutions at Patna and Bhubaneswar, PGI will hand hold the ones in Rishikesh and Jodhpur, while JIPMER will provide able guidance to AIIMS prototypes in Bhopal and Raipur.

"The existing institutes will help the new institutes select their faculty, establish their laboratory network, conduct entrance exams and plan their curriculum," an official added.

Come 2012 academic session, and the medical colleges of the six AIIMS-like institutions are expected to open to undergraduate medical education (MBBS).

The construction of the six medical colleges — each with 100 MBBS seats — is expected to be completed by end-2011. The hospital complexes are expected to be completed by October, 2012.

The interview to select the six directors was conducted on May 12, and the background check is going on. Around 94 eminent scientists, doctors and academicians had applied for the directors' posts.

A proposal for the creation of 4,047 posts — both faculty and other staff — has been sent to the finance ministry.

In February, 2011, the finance ministry gave its nod for the creation of 1,145 posts for each institution to be filled during the first phase of the recruitment process. Altogether, each AIIMS-like institution has been built at Rs 847 crore — up from Rs 332 crore that was originally estimated.

Union health secretary K Chandramouli said, "We plan to admit MBBS students from 2012. The hospitals will be ready a year later."

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