Central Government Proposes Name Change For AIIMS 

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New Delhi, 22nd August 2022: The Central Government has proposed to name all 23 AIIMS(All India Institute of Medical Sciences), including Delhi, after local heroes, freedom fighters, historical events, or monuments of the region.




Official sources say that after the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare sought suggestions in this regard, most AIIMS have submitted the list of names.




An official said that AIIMS are known by their common names and are identified only by their specific location. Several AIIMS are currently functioning, while others are being set up under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY).




In this regard, suggestions were sought about giving specific names to various AIIMS, which can be linked to local or regional heroes, freedom fighters, and the geographical identity of the area where the concerned AIIMS is, the source said.




Reportedly, most AIIMS have suggested three to four names with an explanatory note for the names suggested. Six new AIIMS – Bihar (Patna), Chhattisgarh (Raipur), Madhya Pradesh (Bhopal), Odisha (Bhubaneswar), Rajasthan (Jodhpur) and Uttarakhand (Rishikesh) – were approved in the first phase of the PMSSY and are fully operational.