Bhubaneswar: The first academic session of the Odisha branch of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) would soon be operational in the State capital from September.
The hospital would be completed next year, so that the students who join the MBBS course at the new AIIMS centre would be able to utilise the facility, Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said, after visiting the site and reviewing construction work for AIIMS on Sunday.
The AIIMS-Bhubaneswar project consists of three components- hospital, medical college and housing, which is coming up on 100 acres of land at Sijua on the outskirts of the city. The work is in progress on all the three areas.
It is noteworthy to mention that the Centre had approved six super-speciality hospital Patna, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Jodhpur, Raipur and Rishikesh in March, 2006. The then Prime Minister Atal Behari Bajpayee had laid the foundations for the hospital and college.
Proposals were also given to Azad for setting up of a cancer hospital and yoga and naturopathy resource centres, sources said.
Source: 360 NS