AIIMS was created in 1956 to serve as a nucleus for nurturing
excellence in all aspects of health care
a country imbued with a scientific culture was Jawaharlal Nehru's dream,
and immediately after independence he prepared a grand design to achieve
it. Among the temples of modern India which he designed, was a centre of
excellence in the medical sciences. Nehru's dream was that such a centre
would set the pace for medical education and research in Southeast Asia ,
and in this he had the wholehearted support of his Health Minister,
Rajkumari Amrit Kaur.
The health survey
and development committee ,chaired by Sir Joseph Bhore, an Indian Civil
Servant ,had in 1946 already recommended the establishment of a national
medical centre which would concentrate on meeting the need for highly
qualified manpower to look after the nation's expanding health care
activities . The dreams of Nehru and Amrit Kaur and the recommendations of
the Bhore Committee converged to create a proposal which found favor with
the government of New Zealand. A generous grant from New Zealand under
the Colombo Plan made it possible to lay the foundation stone of All India
Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in 1952.The AIIMS was finally
created in 1956,as an autonomous institution through an Act of Parliament
,to serve as a nucleus for nurturing excellence in all aspect of health
All-India Institute of
established as an institution of national importance by an Act of
Parliament with the objects to develop patterns of teaching in Undergraduate
Medical Education in all its branches so as to demonstrate a high standard
of Medical Education in India; to bring together in one place educational
facilities of the highest order for the training of personnel in all
important branches of health activity; and to attain self-sufficiency in
Post-graduate Medical Education.
The Institute has comprehensive
facilities for teaching, research and patient-care. As provided in the Act,
AIIMS conducts teaching programs in medical and para-medical courses
both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and awards its own degrees.
Teaching and research are conducted in 42 disciplines. In the field of
medical research AIIMS is the lead, having more than 600 research
publications by its faculty and researchers in a year. AIIMS also runs a
College of Nursing and trains students for B.Sc.(Hons.) Nursing
departments including four super specialty centers manage practically all
types of disease conditions with support from pre- and Para-clinical
departments. However, burn cases, dog-bite cases and patients suffering
from infectious diseases are not entertained in the AIIMS Hospital. AIIMS
also manages a 60-beded hospital in the Comprehensive Rural Health Centre
at Ballabgarh in Haryana and provides health cover to about 2.5 lakh
population through the Centre for Community Medicine.
Objectives of AIIMS
To develop a pattern of
teaching in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education
in all its branches so as to demonstrate
high standard of medical education to all medical colleges
and other allied institutions in India.
together in one place educational facilities of the highest
order for the training of the personnel in all important
branches of the health activity.
to attain self
sufficiency in postgraduate in medical education.
Functions of AIIMS
postgraduate teaching in medical and related physical
Nursing and dental
teachers for the country.
Research in medical
and related sciences.
Health care :
preventive, promotive and curative; primary, secondary
teaching and research.