New Delhi, Oct 16 (IBNS) The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has been ranked as the best medical college in the country," said Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad.
"It continues to fulfill the objectives of developing teaching patterns, providing educational facilities of the highest order and attaining self-sufficiency in post-graduate medical education. The Alumni of this great Institution are not only providing healthcare in the country but also in most developed countries including the US and UK," said Azad.
Addressing the 40th Convocation of AIIMS, Azad said that AIIMS was initially conceived and founded to produce faculty, undertake research and serve as a referral Institute.
"But over a period of time, it has become over-burdened with patient care. For this reason, the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare took up the following initiatives to strengthen healthcare delivery in Government sector," he said.
Azad said six new AIIMS were taken up in the first phase of Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Surakhsha Yojana.
The Medical Colleges at these six AIIMS have started from the current academic session.
"19 medical colleges were taken up for up-gradations to provide advanced tertiary level and super-speciality care, spread in different parts of the country under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Surakhsha Yojana," said Azad.
To ease pressure on Delhi AIIMS, the green-field development of the second campus of AIIMS at Jhajjar would provide state of the art facilities for teaching, patient care and research.
To overcome the shortage of faculty in Medical Colleges the ceiling on age limit has been raised from 60 to 70 years, DNB qualifications have been recognized for appointment as faculty, number of students in PG, the Teacher student ratio relaxed from 1:1 to 1:2 for post-graduate and super-speciality courses, the ratio has been further liberalized to 1:3 for Anaesthesiology, Forensic Medicine, Radiotherapy, Medical Oncology and Surgical Oncology recently, Medical Colleges have been permitted to start PG courses in pre and para clinical disciplines at the stage of 3rd renewal without waiting for recognition and Postgraduate degrees of five English speaking countries (US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand) have been recognized for teaching.
For encouraging posting of doctors in rural areas the following steps have been taken:
1. Additional marks will be given in the Post Graduate Entrance Examination at the rate of 10% for each year of rural service subject to a maximum of 30%.
2. 50% Seats in post graduate diploma courses have been reserved for medical officers in Government service who have served for at least three years in remote and difficult areas.
Azad said that these path-breaking decisions have brought in positive results, never seen before in the past six decades.
"In just over three year's time, the availability of MBBS seats has gone up from 32,892 to 44,302, including 300 seats in the new AIIMS, an increase of 11,410 seats," he said.
The number of PG seats has increased from 13,000 to 22,503 an increase of 9,503 seats. 66 new medical colleges have been established raising the number from 289 to 355.
To overcome the shortage of Nurses and ANMs, his Ministry has sanctioned 269 nursing schools in the last two years, mostly in remote, inaccessible and under-served districts. These institutions will give an additional 20,000 nurses annually.
To give a boost to para-medical education and scale up the availability of para-medics, sanctions have been given for establishment of National Institute of Paramedical Sciences (NIPS) at Delhi and 8 Regional Institutes at Chandigarh, Lucknow, Bhopal, Hyderabad, Coimbatore, Patna, Bhubaneswar and Aurangabad.
A total of 10,760 paramedic professionals are expected to be trained annually when these institutes of excellence are fully functional.
Since the launch of the National Rural Health Mission during 2005-12, over 1.57 lakh personnel have been added to the health system and infrastructure has been strengthened by taking up 594 District Hospitals, 2,721 Community Health Centres, 5,459 Primary Health Centres and 31,001 Sub-Centres for new construction or renovation.
Azad called upon all those receiving degrees to join the national effort and take the lead in extending the fruits of scientific advancements to the poorest households in the remotest parts of the country.