January 30, 2012

Student admission to AIIMS, Bubaneshwar, by August

Bhubaneswar: The much awaited All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Bhubaneswar, is set to become functional and admission of students will start by August next.

This was stated by Union Health Secretary P K Pradhan who reviewed the progress of AIIMS-Bhubaneswar work at a meeting with top Odisha government officials besides visiting the institute site at Sijua here.

"I reviewed the ongoing work for AIIMS, Bhubaneswar. The progress is good and we expect admission of 50 students to begin by August this year making the institute functional," Pradhan told reporters.

The number of seats for the MBBS course is proposed to be 100 next year with gradual completion of other works of the upcoming institute, official sources said.

Pradhan was optimistic that a 500-bed hospital would be operational by December next in the campus where construction of other work was in full swing.

AIIMS-Bhubaneswar project comprises three components - hospital, medical college and housing. While the hospital has been taken up at a cost of Rs 264 crore, about Rs 100 crore are being spent on the medical college and Rs 50 crore on housing.

The upcoming institute would have a 960-bed hospital. These include 500 beds for the medical college and hospital, 300 beds for speciality/ super speciality, 100 beds for intensive care and trauma, 30 beds for physical medicine and rehabilitation and 30 beds for another medical purpose.

The hospital proposes to provide healthcare facilities in 42 speciality and super-speciality disciplines, sources said.