ALL 23 AIIMS to be named after unsung heroes, freedom fighters

The government has finalised a proposal to name each AIIMS, including the one in Delhi, based on local heroes, independence 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.

According to an official, AIIMS are referred to by their generic name and are only distinguished by their locations, with many of them already being in service while others are still being built out as part of the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY).

According to the source, suggestions were sought in this regard for giving specific names to various AIIMS that 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.

According to reports, the majority of these prestigious health institutes have provided three to four names along with a justification for each one.

Bihar (Patna), Chhattisgarh (Raipur), Madhya Pradesh (Bhopal), Odisha (Bhubaneswar), Rajasthan (Jodhpur), and Uttarakhand (Rishikesh) are the six new AIIMS that were approved during Phase 1 of PMSSY and are now operational.

Out of the 16 AIIMS founded between 2015 and 2022, 10 have begun offering both MBBS programmes and outpatient department services, while the remaining two have just begun offering MBBS classes. The other four institutes are in various phases of growth.

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