The Union Cabinet, under Mr Narendra Modi, Honourable Prime Minister of India, has recently approved the setting up of AIIMS Deogarh in Jharkhand. A budget of  Rs 1103 crore has been allocated for the construction at Deoghar.

This news about approval was confirmed through a tweet from the official Twitter handle of Prime Minister Office (PMO).

AIIMS Deoghar will contain all the facilities which are provided in the rest of the AIIMS across India. The hospital will have a capacity of 750 beds with trauma centre facilities in it. AIIMS Deoghar will have a medical college with a yearly intake of 100 students for its MBBS course.

AIIMS Deoghar will house a nursing college as well with intake of 60 B.Sc. students for Nursing course per year. It will have residential complexes and allied facilities . All these services which will be provided are broadly on the pattern of AIIMS, New Delhi.

20 Speciality/Super Speciality Departments including 15 Operation Theatres and an Ayush Department with 30 beds for providing treatment facilities in the traditional system of medicine will also be provided at Deoghar campus of AIIMS Jharkhand.

The setting up of new AIIMS at Deoghar will serve the dual purpose in the state. One will be of providing super speciality health care to the population of Jharkhand. Also owing to a large scarcity of the doctors, setting up of AIIMS Deoghar will help create a large pool of doctors and other health workers in this region . They will be required to for all the primary and secondary-level institutions which are being created under the National Health Mission (NHM).

This setting up of new AIIMS campus is part of Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY). Under PMSSY, many other AIIMS campus is being set up across different states. These include Bhubaneswar, Bhopal, Raipur, Jodhpur, Rishikesh and Patna. At these, AIIMS has been established.

At Rae Bareli (U.P.), Nagpur (Maharashtra), Kalyani (West Bengal) and Mangalagiri in Guntur (A.P.), construction work for AIIMS is in progress. It is expected to be ready in few years. For AIIMS in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, construction work has already been awarded.

Further, the AIIMS in Bathinda, Punjab was sanctioned in July 2016 and the Guwahati campus in Assam was sanctioned in May 2017. AIIMS Bilaspur (Himachal Pradesh) has recently been sanctioned. It was done in January 2018.

With these many new AIIMS being set up, the total count of the AIIMS in the country is likely to go to 21 across India. AIIMS is a group of autonomous public medical colleges of higher education. These institutes have been declared by an Act of Parliament as Institutes of National Importance.