|Former health minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey inaugurates AIIMS-Patna on September 25, 2012 and (above) MBBS students on their way to the health hub on Thursday. Pictures by The Telegraph and Ashok Sinha
AIIMS-Patna might have become synonymous with missing deadlines but it has enough time to go through the rigmarole of inauguration of the institution the second time round in one-and-a-half years.
Union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad is scheduled to visit the city to inaugurate the health cradle between February 27 and March 3.
Former health minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey had inaugurated the state-of-the-art institution the first time on September 25, 2012, launching the first batch of MBBS. Even the second batch of MBBS and the first batch of BSc nursing started on August 8, 2013.
AIIMS-Patna director Dr G.K. Singh said: “Yes, Union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad is going to visit the city after February 27 to inaugurate the institute. Though it was inaugurated in 2012 with the launch of the first batch of MBBS, the institute has still not been formally inaugurated. The health ministry informed us that the Union minister would come for the same purpose any day after February 27. We would be told about his arrival 24 hours in advance.”
Asked about the reason behind the repeat inauguration, Singh said: “According to the actual plan, the inpatient department was to be inaugurated by the minister during his this visit. But as the building is not yet ready, it has been decided that he would inaugurate the institute.”