All post-graduates from All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) will now be absorbed within the AIIMS institutes across the country as part of the government’s move to fill up huge vacancies of doctors and faculty positions in newly established AIIMS. In order to streamline the recruitment process, it has been decided that all appointments will be made directly by the selection committee and ratified by AIIMS governing body and Institute Body later. The move comes in the wake of the new institutes facing an acute shortage of doctors. Apart from New Delhi’s AIIMS, there are six other AIIMS in Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Jodhpur, Patna, Raipur and Rishikesh. Moreover, the Centre has announced setting up of 13 more AIIMS. 20 institutions on way.
Under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana, the Centre plans to build 20 new AIIMS. Of these, six are operational at Raipur, Patna, Jodhpur, Bhopal, Rishikesh, and Bhubaneswar.
Those at Bathinda (Punjab), Rae Bareli (UP), Mangalgiri (Andhra Pradesh), Kalyani (Bengal), Gorakhpur (UP), Kamrup (Assam) and Bilaspur (HP) will be operational by 2020-21.
In pipeline are AIIMS at Samba (Jammu), Awantipora (Kashmir), Deogarh (Jharkhand). Site selection process for AIIMS in Tamil Nadu, Bihar and Gujarat will start soon. Every new AIIMS needs a faculty of over 200 to start with. AIIMS, New Delhi, an established institute, has 900 faculty members.
“We have formulated a protocol to induct all AIIMS graduates during placement. This will ensure that we do not lose doctors to private hospitals because of any delay in the recruitment process. For the same reason, we have also delegated powers of the IB and GB to the selection committee, which can now select and appoint doctors directly, the IB and GB will ratify these appointments later,” health minister JP Nadda said to the media.
Nadda said the government planned to counter faculty shortage through exchange programmes. While the quality of faculty at new AIIMS has been a concern, the government has decided to exchange faculty from regional institutes regularly.
The current vacancy in AIIMS across India is 47 percent. “Senior residents of AIIMS can now be put as faculty in any AIIMS-like institution. We will work to see that AIIMS postgraduates become AIIMS faculty. Earlier, four AIIMS senior residents would apply for faculty posts but only one would get in due to procedural delays. Now, the recruitment process has been reviewed to ensure no time is lost vis-à-vis appointing AIIMS senior residents as faculty at new AIIMS institutions. This has been done to take the AIIMS culture to new institutions coming up under the big brand name. AIIMS is a culture,” Health Minister JP Nadda told to media.
This will be achieved through a major change in faculty recruitment rules. In the past, any new faculty to be appointed needed to be approved by the general body (GB) of each AIIMS-like institution (every AIIMS is established under an Act of Parliament and is autonomous).