The second prestigious medical institution in the country, AIIMS Jodhpur has commenced its maiden session recently. This is the first among the six AIIMS, announced by the NDA government in 2004, besides the one in New Delhi. It started its session with induction of 50 students, of which 30 are from Rajasthan.

Addressing the inaugural session, its founder-director and noted onco surgeon Sanjeev Mishra termed the institute as a temple of knowledge and committed to highest standards of teaching, research and treatment. He called upon the students to commit them to the course with all seriousness and set standards for future batches.

He advised the students to put in themselves wholeheartedly not only to become a good doctor but a good human being also. “There is no short-cut to success and there is no alternative to hard work,” he said.

Referring to the academic atmosphere of the institute, Mishra also said there will be a zero tolerance to any sort of indiscipline in the institute and said that after induction of the students, there will not be any discrimination along caste, creed, religion and financial or social status.

Joint secretary, Union health ministry, Rakesh Kumar said the construction of the building started in 2006 and now the academic block has been completed, which enabled commencement of the session. “From next September, we will start the hospital, which will have 950 beds including trauma unit,” he said.

The institute will have 24 faculties, which will be increased to 91 by October. “We are making sure that we bring the best possible faculties here in order to make it a top-rated institute,” Kumar said.

There was tremendous pressure in the OPD of AIIMS (New Delhi) with most of the patients coming from states like Bihar, Orissa, MP and UP.

Six new AIIMS had been proposed at Jodhpur (Rajasthan), Bhubaneshwar (Orissa), Raipur ( Chhattisgarh), Bhopal (MP), Rishikesh ( Uttarakhand) and Patna (Bihar) with a view to relieve New Delhi AIIMS from pressure.

The inaugural session was attended by the former director of AIIMS (New Delhi) and Padma Shri recipient S K Kakkar, principal of S N Medical College (Jodhpur) Arvind Mathur and joint secretary (ministry of health and family welfare) Rakesh Kumar.

After the inaugural session, all the students were distributed books for MBBS first year followed by plantation in the institute campus by the guests.

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