BHUBANESWAR: All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Bhubaneswar is all set to launch post-graduate (PG) departments from the forthcoming academic session with the Governing Body (GB) giving its nod to open the courses.
The premier institute has planned to start with PG courses in basic sciences and non-clinical departments of Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Pathology, Forensic Medicine and Toxicology and Preventive and Social Medicine before progressing to specialty discipline
The overall academic and clinical services in the AIIMS clone have also got a much needed boost with the apex decision making body chaired by Union Health and Family Welfare Minister JP Nadda giving the go-ahead for appointment of faculty members and medical personnel.
The institute had advertised for around 240 posts including professors, additional professors, associate professors and assistant professors spanning more than 35 disciplines. Interviews have already been completed for over 90 per cent of posts and the final selection is dependent on the approval of the GB.
“The GB has allowed appointment of the faculty members on a priority basis. This is indeed a shot in the arm for us as faculty shortage had been the major bottleneck in proper academic and medical services development in the institute. Around 90 candidates have already been finalised for different posts and will be issued appointment letters very soon,” Director Prof AK Mohapatra said.
The GB, in fact, had not met for nearly three years which had a crippling effect on AIIMS, Bhubaneswar. The first meeting held under Nadda at New Delhi on Monday, however, resolved to make up for the lost time by enhancing focus on development of AIIMS, Bhubaneswar along with other such institutes coming up in the country.
While reviewing status of work and clearing a whole lot of pending issues including recommendations of the Finance Committee and Academic Committee, the GB also decided to meet more regularly to accelerate development works. The Health Minister agreed to chair the GB meeting twice a year.
AIIMS, Bhubaneswar presently has 380 beds and aims to achieve its full-fledged shape with 1000-bed hospital as soon as possible. The medical college currently offers 100 seats.