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An Act of Parliament in 1956 established the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (A.I.I.M.S.) as an autonomous institution of national importance and defined its objectives and functions. Under this Act, the Institute grants medical degrees and other academic distinctions. The degrees granted by the Institute under the All India Institute of Medical Sciences Act are recognized medical qualifications for the Indian Medical Council Act. And notwithstanding anything contained therein, are deemed to be included in the first schedule of that Act, entitling the holders to the same privileges as those attached to the equivalent awards from the recognized Universities of India.

The Institute (A.I.I.M.S., New Delhi) is a residential university where the faculty members, staff, and students live on campus. There are eight hostels for undergraduate students (6 for boys and 2 for girls) with a capacity to accommodate 562 students.

In the field of postgraduate and post-doctoral education, the most critical function of the Institute is to provide opportunities to train teachers for medical colleges in the country in an atmosphere of research and development. Fellowship Programme students are exposed to newer teaching methods and given opportunities to participate in research and learning exercises actively. The other important objectives of the Institute are to bring educational facilities of the highest order in one place for the training of personnel in all the essential branches of health activity and to attain self-sufficiency in medical education. The educational principles and practices adopted are best suited to the nation's needs.

Eight other A.I.I.M.S.

Under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana [P.M.S.S.Y.], eight new All India Institute of Medical Sciences have been established, similar to A.I.I.M.S., New Delhi. The six A.I.I.M.S. viz. Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Jodhpur, Patna, Raipur, and Rishikesh have continued to intake 100 students.

The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, in letter No.A.11013/1/2016-SSH, G.O.I., (PMSSY-IV Section) dated 17th Nov 2017 has notified that the Secretary (H&FW) has approved the proposal for starting of M.B.B.S. course with a batch of 50 students each for A.I.I.M.S. Manglagiri, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh in the Temporary campus in Government Siddhartha Medical College, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, and for A.I.I.M.S. Nagpur, Maharashtra in the temporary campus in Government Medical College Nagpur, Maharashtra from the Academic Year 2022-23. Per the Ministry's directives, admission selection will be made through the same Entrance Examination by which candidates are selected for A.I.I.M.S., New Delhi. The admission will be made based on merit-cum-choice of the candidates. To get admission to these top medical colleges in the country, you must score good marks in the NEET Examination.

A.I.I.M.S., New Delhi

The prime focus of the Institute (A.I.I.M.S.) is to develop patterns of teaching in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education in all the branches to demonstrate a high standard of medical education to all medical colleges and allied institutions in India. The other important objectives of the Institute are to bring educational facilities of the highest order in one place for the training of personnel in all the essential branches of health activities and to attain self-sufficiency in postgraduate medical education.

The educational principles and practices being adopted are those which are the best suited to the needs of the country. Adapting teaching to meet community health problems is a significant preoccupation to this effect the A.I.I.M.S. New Delhi has been trying to initiate a model educational program in the Ballabgarh Community Development Block in collaboration with the Haryana Government. The Institute has also initiated the model educational program in Community Medicine in the urban field practice area in Malviya Nagar, New Delhi. Emphasis is laid on the active learning process and the cultivation of scholarly habits and scientific methods.

The first batch of undergraduate medical students was admitted to the A.I.I.M.S., Delhi, in 1956. Earlier, the Institute had been admitting 50 students every year. In the 2008 session, the intake was increased to 77, and in 2017 the intake was 107 for the M.B.B.S. Course. The number of students admitted is kept relatively low to ensure an adequate teacher-student ratio. The Faculty and Staff Council level constantly review the undergraduate curriculum, and the required changes in the curriculum are brought about to evolve a pattern most suitable for the Indian needs and conditions.

Undergraduate medical students get sufficient impetus for higher studies as the Institute provides facilities for postgraduate degrees in almost all the branches of medical sciences. The A.I.I.M.S., Delhi, awards postgraduate degrees in about 55 specialties /super specialties.

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