From the next academic session, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) will admit 28 more students for its undergraduate programme, increasing the total number of seats to 100. The top medical college of admits 77 students to UG courses at present -- 72 Indian nationals and five foreigners.
The percentage of reserved seats under various categories would remain the same - 93 Indian nationals and seven foreign nationals will be admitted. This will be adapted in 2017.
"We have decided to increase our UG intake, and, I am happy to announce that from next year onwards, we will be admitting 100 students for this course," AIIMS Director Dr M C Misra said at a gathering on the occasion of the Foundation Day of AIIMS, celebrating its diamond jubilee.
"In sixty years of its journey, AIIMS has grown in strength, thanks to the sheer dedication of our predecessors and former directors who shaped this institution. It has grown tremendously with time, both academically and in service delivery."
AIIMS Registrar Dr Sanjeev Lalwani said the relative share of seats meant for Schedule Caste, Schedule Tribe, OBC and physically handicapped reserved categories would remain the same.
AIIMS was established in 1956. It was the vision of Rajkumari Amrita Kaur, the first Health Minister of India, that led to the establishment of a medical institute of international repute in India.
Besides the main Delhi campus, AIIMS also has six regional centres in Bhopal, Patna, Bhubaneswar, Jodhpur, Raipur, and Rishikesh.
"The regional centres currently admit 100 students each but no foreign nationals. So, the UG intake of AIIMS Delhi will be increased," Lalwani said.
"Besides, we have already increased by almost 90 per cent the intake for DM (Doctorate in Medicine) and MCh (Master of Surgery) programmes. We have been expanding facilities at our Masjid Moth campus here too and at Trauma Centre we have added 1,800 beds. In next 10 years, we target 6,000 beds for AIIMS," Misra said.- PTI