Hyderabad: The establishment and operationalisation of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Telangana, at Bibinagar from next academic year appears to be a certainty now.
The examination wing of AIIMS, New Delhi, has formally issued notification for admission into MBBS courses and has included AIIMS, Telangana, along with 13 other newly established premier institutions that will offer the courses from the academic year 2019.
The notification said that the centralised examination for admission into MBBS courses offered by AIIMS, is scheduled to be held on May 25 and May 26, 2019 across the country.
The AIIMS notification marks the culmination of a sustained campaign by the State health authorities with Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (c), New Delhi to set-up AIIMS like institution at the 160-acre Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) campus at Bibinagar.
In terms of adding more MBBS seats and establishing teaching hospitals, the last one-year has been quite productive for health authorities in the State. Apart from getting permission for AIIMS, the authorities here have managed to receive permissions to start four new medical colleges in Telangana.
Out of the four, the medical colleges at Mahabubnagar and Siddipet have already started while two-more at Nalgonda and Suryapet, which already have received in-principle permission from MOHFW, are in the works. The necessary official permissions from the regulatory authorities to start MBBS courses at Nalgonda and Suryapet are also expected in the coming months.
This April, the Health Ministry had sanctioned AIIMS for Telangana and by July, the existing NIMS Bibinagar campus was identified to set up the premier health care institute.
The State health authorities have already handed over the entire land and the NIMS, Bibinagar building with 7 lakh sq ft of area to Health Ministry. For the past two years, the outpatient services are already being delivered at Bibinagar by doctors at NIMS.
As part of setting-up AIIMS at Bibinagar, HLL Infratech Services (HITES) has been appointed with the responsibility of pre-investment activities and preparation of preliminary project report.
The NIMS Bibinagar facility is spread over a land of 160 acres and the Ministry had asked the State health officials to acquire another 49 acres of land to set-up AIIMS. The State authorities are also making arrangements for a dedicated power supply of 20 MVA and provide 33/11KV dedicated line for power supply in addition to providing 1.5 MLD of water supply to the upcoming AIIMS project.
The overall budget for a typical AIIMS like institution with 1,000 beds is Rs 820 crore of which nearly 200 crore will be spent to procure medical equipment alone while the rest on construction of new buildings.