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All India Institute of Medical Sciences [AIIMS]
The All India Institute of Medical Sciences, also known as AIIMS is recognised as one of the most prestigious medical colleges in India as well as in Asia. It is globally known for offering low-cost medical care to a large number of patients and especially caters to the rural locals of India who cannot afford high cost Medical facilities.
AIIMS is situated in Ansari Nagar in South Delhi and lies adjacent to the South Extension Part II Market. It stretches from this area to the south-eastern quadrant of Aurbindo Marg and the Inner Ring Road crossing. Adjacent to AIIMS is the headquarters of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), an integral body that coordinates and funds medical research in India. The National Medical Library lies within the Campus area and is run by the Directorate-General of Health Services (DGHS) of the Government of India. This Library homes a vast collection of medical and scientific journals that can be accessed by researchers and students. The NAMS house or the National Academy of Medical Sciences is situated close by and is a prestigious body of eminent doctors from across the country.
AIIMS was established by an act of the Indian parliament as a Nation-wide significant Medical Institute. The main objective was to develop a strong curriculum and teaching guidelines for the undergraduate as well as post-graduate educational system in all branches of medicine in the country. Its goal is to achieve a high standard of medical education along with offering educational facilities of the highest standards under one roof. Due to the low-cost facilities and highly efficient practitioners, this Medical College is able to register millions of patients over the years at a capacity that is far beyond its limit. Owing to this fact, Mr. Atal Bihari Bajpayee, the former prime minister of India, had announced the establishment of six new All India Institute of Medical Sciences Institutes at Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Jodhpur, Patna, Raipur and Rishikesh.
The Foundation Stone at the Academic Building of AIIMS was placed by Queen Elizabeth II and commemorates the gift from the Government of New Zealand who contributed funds to establish this Institute. After its completion, it was inaugurated in 1956 by the first Prime Minister of India, Pundit Jawahar Lal Nehru Ji. This Medical College was a pioneer in the field of Medical Education in India and was envisioned by Rajkumari Amrit Kaur who was the first Health Minister of India. She was instrumental in establishing a medical institute of such high calibre in the Country by securing aid and funds from New Zealand, Australia, West Germany, Sweden and USA. She became the first president of AIIMS and even donated the family ancestral property and the Manorville house located in Shimla [Himachal Pradesh] to serve as a holiday home for the staff, practitioners and nurses of AIIMS.
Since its establishment, AIIMS has been consistently ranked as one of the top medical colleges in India. Its excellence is attributed to several factors such as housing a small class-size training capacity, liberal clinically oriented teaching and exposure to research, excellent library facilities and most importantly, the ability to set its own curriculum. AIIMS is also renowned for its several individual field of study such as Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Gynaecology and Ophthalmology & Neurology. So far, it has maintained high standards of quality in its research and practice while treating a large number of patients at a very low cost of Rs. 10/- per patient and hence is a respite to those who live in extreme poverty and who cannot afford the high medical costs in the Country.
The All India Institute of Medical Sciences was the first Indian Medical centre to perform a successful cardiac transplant in 1994. This surgery was performed by Dr. P. Venugopal who is a former director of AIIMS and is one of the longest serving doctors at this institute. It is also a leader in Stem Cell therapy, especially in the Cardiac and Neurological field. It homes the first and only minimally invasive surgery training centre in collaboration with Germany and is a pioneer in the field of robotic surgeries in India, especially in the ‘Da Vinci system’ for urology and robotic CTVS.
Academic Courses offered by AIIMS include M. B. B. S. with an annual intake of 77 students ; M. D. / M. S. with an annual intake of around 217 to 220 students in 24 disciplines ; D. M. in 12 disciplines and M. Ch. In 5 disciplines respectively ; M. D. S. ; M. H. A. ; B. Sc. (Hons.) in Optometry / Radio-diagnosis with an annual intake of 14 and 9 students in each discipline respectively ; B. Sc. (Hons.) in Nursing with an annual intake of 70 students ; B. Sc. in Nursing [post-certificate] ; M. Sc. in Anatomy, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Pharmacology and Physiology ; M. Sc. in Urology Technology, Perfusion Technology & Nuclear Medicine ; M. Sc. in Nursing ; M. Biotech and Ph. D. in 47 disciplines.
AIIMS also provide Residential facilities to staff, faculty members and students who reside in the main campus or in one of the several campuses that form a part of this Institution.
Hostel accommodation is also available for M. B. B. S. / M. D. & Nursing Students at Dayalpur [Census town in the North East District of Delhi], Ballabgarh [Faridabad] and Chainsa [UP] that are used especially during the Ballabgarh posting.
Medical Students in AIIMS enjoy a distinctive laid-back attitude. Attendance was recently made mandatory; however, students are given complete liberty to organize their own study patterns. There are a total of 5 classes and each class accommodates only 50 students annually to ensure a close-knit community of just over 250 Students. The ratio of male students to female students is generally 80:20 per class. Despite this variation, the students in AIIMS constitutes of a cosmopolitan background with medical students from Afghanistan, Bhutan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Nepal and other nations. Exchange students from several International & Indian medical colleges are also seen here.
‘Pulse’ is an annual inter-college festival hosted by AIIMS and is known as the largest medical festival in India with a daily attendance that ranges from 5000 to 15000 people through its duration. AIIMS also homes ample recreational facilities and opportunities including a large and well-equipped students' gymnasium, swimming pool, tennis, basketball, volleyball & squash courts as well as a soccer field. AIIMS also runs the ‘Prayatna’ student organization that runs blood donation camps in order to fulfil the shortage of blood at the AIIMS Blood bank.