New Delhi: The government has finalised a proposal to re-name each AIIMS, including the one in Delhi, based on local heroes, freedom fighters, significant local historical occurrences or monuments, or their unique geographic identity. After being asked for suggestions by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the majority of the 23 All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) have provided a list of names, according to official sources quoted by PTI.
According to an official, AIIMS are known by their generic name and are only differentiated by location. Many AIIMS are currently operational, while some are being established as part of the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY).
The source said that the Union Health Ministry had formulated a proposal to give specific names to all 23 AIIMS, including fully operational, partially operational, or under construction ones.
In this regard, suggestions for giving specific names to various AIIMS were requested, the source said. It will connect these names to notable local or regional heroes, freedom fighters, the distinctive geographical identity of the area where the institute is located, and important historical events or monuments of the region.
Most of these prestigious health institutes have proposed three to four names and a justification for each.
A total of six new AIIMS located in the states of Bihar (Patna), Chhattisgarh (Raipur), Madhya Pradesh (Bhopal), Odisha (Bhubaneswar), Rajasthan (Jodhpur), and Uttarakhand (Rishikesh), received Phase 1 PMSSY approval and are now operational.
Out of the 16 AIIMS founded between 2015 and 2022, 10 have begun offering both MBBS classes and outpatient department services, while the remaining two have only begun offering MBBS classes. The four remaining institutes are in various stages of development.