Published On : Mon, Dec 12th, 2016

AIIMS Nagpur cannot begin before 2018-19

Nagpur: aiims-nagpurThe central government has suggested to start it on temporary basis from Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) campus from the 2018-19 academic session.

State health minister Girish Mahajan met local officials on December 7, where it was decided to formulate a plan to start AIIMS at GMCH in 2018-19. GMCH authorities are extremely positive about the move, and college dean Dr Abhimanyu Niswade had even said that every requirement of AIIMS will be fulfilled.

The central team had submitted a report in November suggesting a separate block at GMCH, with independent entry and exit, to be demarcated and provided for temporary AIIMS campus. The report mentions that the government hospital associated with GMCH can be used as referral hospital for AIIMS on sharing basis. For that purpose, a memorandum of understanding (MOU) can be signed between AIIMS and GMCH.

“Initially, the institute will start with 50 seats. When it shifts to the main campus, the seat strength will be raised to 100,” said Dr Ravi Chauhan, nodal officer for AIIMS Nagpur.

“On Monday, local officials and dean Niswade will chalk out a plan to start the temporary AIIMS in 2018-19 and submit it to the central government,” said Dr Viral Kamdar, who is adviser to Gadkari.

The central government had approved AIIMS Nagpur with 960 beds on October 7, 2015. The state government allotted 150 acres for AIIMS Nagpur campus at Mihan in March 2016. AIIMS is estimated to come up at a cost of Rs1,600 crore.

In July, Gadkari and Fadnavis had suggested that AIIMS hospital be started from the Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) hospital at Ganeshpeth. For educational and accommodation purposes, three colleges — Raisoni College at Hingna, Panpaliya Homeopathy Hospital at Nandanvan, and Pharmacy College — were recommended. A team from the centre visited the city in September to inspect the proposed infrastructure.

GMCH was not even included in the list of proposed colleges, however, the team still visited GMCH. The team later said in its report that ESIC and Homeopathy College were private trusts, and were not fit for starting AIIMS in their current state. “Major renovation along with augmentation will be needed to make the places fit for starting AIIMS. On the other hand, GMCH has good space and infrastructure with vacant lecture theatres and rooms,” the report said.