The government has finalised a proposal to name each AIIMS, including the one in Delhi, based on local heroes, freedom fighters, significant local historical occurrences or landmarks, or their unique geographic identity. After being asked for proposals 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.
The Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) is a government initiative that aims to establish new AIIMS, some of which are already functioning. According to an official, AIIMS are all known by the same name and are only differentiated by location. In order to offer distinct names to all 23 AIIMS, including those that are fully functional, partially operating, or under construction, the Union Health Ministry has created a plan, the source added.
In this regard, suggestions for giving specific names to various AIIMS were requested, the source said. These names could be connected 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.
Reports state that the most of these esteemed health institutions have offered three to four names, each with an explanation. In Phase 1 of PMSSY, six new AIIMS were approved and are now operational in Bihar (Patna), Chhattisgarh (Raipur), Madhya Pradesh (Bhopal), Odisha (Bhubaneswar), Rajasthan (Jodhpur), and Uttarakhand (Rishikesh).
Ten of the 16 AIIMS established between 2015 and 2022 have started providing both MBBS programmes and outpatient department services, while the other two have only recently started providing MBBS classes. The other four institutes are in various stages of development.