The construction of Maharashtra's first All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at Nagpur began on 30th March 2016. However, The central government has suggested to start it on temporary basis from Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) campus from the 2018-19 academic session.
State Health Minister Girish Mahajan on December 7 decided to chalk out a plan to start AIIMS at GMCH in 2018-19. GMCH authorities are totally optimistic towards the move and assured that every requirement will be fulfilled.
For temporary basis, the institute will begin with 50 seats and as it shifts to the main campus the seat strength will be increased to 100.
The central government had approved AIIMS Nagpur with 960 beds on October 7, 2015. The AIIMS land was proposed at sector-20 outside the Mihan-SEZ spread over 150 acre with 1.5 FSI. AIIMS is estimated to come up at a cost of Rs 1,600 crore.
In July this year, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari had proposed that AIIMS should be started from the Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) at Ganeshpeth. Three other colleges including Raisoni College at Hingna, Panpaliya Homeopathy Hospital at Nandanvan, and Pharmacy College were also recommended. GMCH was not recommended in the list of the proposed colleges.
The inspection team, however, gave a visit to the GMCH and after proper inspection, proposed in their reports that, ESIC and the Homeopathy College are both private institutes and are unfit for commencing AIIMS in the current condition. On the other hand, the GMCH has good space and infrastructure with vacant lecture theatres and rooms, and hence the approval.
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