The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, has retained its top slot by continuously achieving a high standard in medical education, research and its state-of-the-art healthcare infrastructure and services. Based on the vision of Rajkumari Amrit Kaur, the first health minister of India, AIIMS is an autonomous institution established as an Institute of National Importance by the AIIMS Act, 1956. Recognised globally as an institution that combines excellent medical education with quality research, AIIMS regularly collaborates with national and international institutions to organise seminars and faculty and students exchange programmes, says Prof. Randeep Guleria, the director.
The institute has started an innovation facilitation division and the Centre for Integrated Medical Research (CIMR). Besides, a new patent and technology transfer policy has been formulated and it is in the process of creating a Central Research Facility (CRF). The Cadaveric Surgical Skills Centre is training more than 500 doctors every year.
The universities it has signed MoUs include the Harvard University, Stanford University, University of Michigan in the US; University College, London; Australia’s Deakin University, Monash University, George Institute of Global Health, Cologne University, Germany; Erasmus University, the Netherlands; IIT-Kharagpur and IIT-Delhi.
364,242 applications received by AIIMS last year; 107 students got admitted
It provides a unique organisational culture, intense academic training and exposure to world-class research, says Prof. Arti Vij, chairperson of AIIMS’s media protocol division. A fully-equipped, state-of-the-art undergraduate practical hall has become operational in the department of microbiology. The department of anatomy has also started conducting postgraduate seminars in a collaborative Wiki format.
Rs 1,628 is the total tuition fee for the entire duration of MBBS
The institute is continuously upgrading itself. For instance, a free generic pharmacy store was opened a few years ago for outpatients to cater to the needs of the weaker sections of the society. “AIIMS is doing procedures like angiography and stenting for heart attack, pacemakers for heart blockages and balloon valvuloplasty for rheumatic valve narrowing-all free of cost, irrespective of the socio-economic status of the general ward patients. This has significantly helped in saving the lives of hundreds of heart patients,” adds Vij.
Rs 2,728 is the total hostel fee for the entire duration of MBBS
AIIMS has also provided leadership to quality improvement initiatives across different fields in South East Asia.
What makes AIIMS unique?
AIIMS continues to strive to educate the next generation of leaders in medicine and science. The research community at AIIMS has contributed significantly in innovations and academic publications, in collaborations with related disciplines. More than 700 research projects are being conducted and the institute has attracted research grants of more than Rs 100 crore from national and international agencies/organisations in various areas. We have state-of-the-art patient care facility. Recently, we have installed India’s largest and most advanced Gait Lab and 3D printing lab. We have also set up of fragility fracture liaison. Besides, participatory, transparent and consensus-based decision-making and governance ensure that AIIMS remains at the top.
New initiatives in the past three years
We are conducting online computer-based entrance examination and counselling for admission in various courses. We have also launched a digital histology laboratory in anatomy department, established e-learning and telemedicine facility. All new AIIMS are connected to us. We are using telemedicine facilities-Pan African E-Health Network-to demonstrate live surgeries and implement consultation procedures in Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam National Hospital, Pamplemousses, Mauritius. New departments like onco-anaesthesia, palliative medicine, and rheumatology have been started at the AIIMS. Further, we have started new DM courses on infectious diseases, paediatric nephrology, paediatric pulmonology and intensive care, addiction psychiatry, therapeutic nuclear medicine and vascular radiology.
It is considered one of the best in clinical work and research.
What is unique about AIIMS?
We get to watch some of the best clinician researchers in action.
The best facility in the college
The well-equipped hospital and labs.