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September opening for AIIMS

Bhubaneswar, May 6: Netaji Subash Chandra Bose All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) will start functioning here in September with 50 students to be enrolled in the first phase. The construction of the institute’s building is on in full swing at Sijua on the city outskirts.

Union health minister Gulam Nabi Azad, who is on a two-day visit to the state, today said: “While the medical college will start from September, the hospital will become operational from 2013. Selection of students for the first batch will be over within two months. The exercise of recruiting the new director, professors and faculties for the AIIMS is almost complete.”

Azad attended a review meet on the progress of the AIIMS project at the state guesthouse.

Students’ strength would be enhanced to 100 from 2013 educational academic year for the MBBS course and the PG courses will commence from 2014.

The minister also announced that a regional institute of paramedical sciences (RIPS) would come up in Bhubaneswar for Rs 80 crore. Official sources said the college would be set up near AIIMS.

Similarly, the minister disclosed that a central research institute of yoga and naturopathy with a 100-bed hospital would also come up in Bhubaneswar. “However, the land for the upcoming institute has not yet been identified,” he said.

The state government also submitted a proposal to his ministry to consider upgrade of three medical colleges in the state — SCB Medical College in Cuttack, MKCG Medical College in Behampur and VSS Medical College in Burla.

The state has demanded setting up of a National Cancer Institute in Bhubaneswar, keeping in view the increase in the number of reported cancer cases.

Similarly, it also raised the issue of setting up a regional geriatric centre at SCB in view of the rising need for tertiary geriatric healthcare.

Azad said the ongoing AIIMS would able to provide best medical treatment to the patients.

Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had laid the foundation stone for the project on July 15, 2003, but no work started till 2009.

The Centre has allotted Rs 820.49 crore for this project. It will be a 978-bed hospital with 15 super-specialty and 18 specialty wards. There will be 10 blocks in the hospital and colleges.