A commemorative postage stamp on the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), a group of autonomous public medical colleges of higher education :
Issued by India
Issued on Dec 3, 2016
Issued for : Department of Posts is pleased to release a Commemorative Postage Stamp on All India Institute of Medical Sciences.
Stamp / FDC / Cancellation Cachet : Smt. Alka Sharma
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Colour : Multi Colour
Denomination : 500 Paise
Stamps Printed : 406090
Printing Process : Wet Offset
Printer : Security Printing Press, Hyderabad
- All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) today symbolizes many things to many people. It is the apex medical sciences university of India for thousands of students for whom a degree from AIIMS represents a Himalayan achievement in academics. It represents the poor man’s hospital for tertiary care for the 37 lakh patients who walk through these gates in the hope of life and medical cure. It represents the apex medical sciences research institute of India and the premier institute of South Asia and the world. The founding fathers of AIIMS envisaged an inclusive institution that represented a synthesis of medical excellence with compassion and care to serve India’s poorest of the poor. The spirit of the AIIMS Act and the AIIMS Regulations have enabled sustained growth of excellence in the Institute.
- The early years of AIIMS were dominated by the towering personality of Rajkumari Amrit Kaur. As President AIIMS from 1957 to 1964 she was ably assisted by Dr. B. B. Dixit Director AIIMS. A reading of the minutes of the 1957 meetings indicates that several of the issues discussed in the early years of the institute continue to remain valid today. The AIIMS regulations were approved in the 2nd meeting of the Governing Body on 2nd September 1957 although they were notified in 1999.
- AIIMS has always been an institute for high meritocracy. The geographical spread of students was initially from the Delhi and nearby areas but over the decades the Institute has been attracting bright students from across the length and breadth of the country. Students not only from India but also from various other countries like USA, UK, Australia, Germany and SAARC countries visit AIIMS for elective trainings. Courses are administered to students from Maldives, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Mauritius and India.
- AIIMS continues to shape the future as it educates the next generation of leaders in medicine and science and has thus been ranked country’s best medical institute from last so many years. It not only has earned high reputation in the field of medicine but also for its significant contribution in academic quality, student care, infrastructure, and placement opportunities.
- With its 9 centres and 52 teaching departments, and manpower of over 10,000 including more than 800 faculty positions; AIIMS, Delhi produces a large number of specialists (MD/MS), super-specialists (DM/MCh), PhD scholars and allied health and basic science experts, including nurses and paramedical professionals.
- In coming years AIIMS is going to establish many more specialized centres like Surgical Block, Geriatric Centre, Mother and Child Health Care Centre, Emergency Block etc.
- AIIMS continually reviews the methodology of imparting knowledge of medicine and science so as to nurture a passion for innovation, as it is the need of the hour. The nation’s healthcare delivery system is undergoing rapid change, and biomedical science and technology are advancing at a fast pace.
- In last 60 years AIIMS has significantly contributed in various areas of health care such as malnutrition, diarrheal diseases, liver diseases, tuberculosis, cervical cancer, Vitamin D, iodine deficiency disorders and stem cell.
- AIIMS has established collaborations with US, UK, France, Japan and Sweden in research. AIIMS research work has influenced several National Programs related to health care such as ICDS (Integrated Child Development Scheme), Universal Iodization of Salt, National Blindness Control Programme, Fluorosis Control Programme, Tobacco Control Programme, National Programme on Health Care of Elderly, Hepatitis vaccination policy, HCV testing in Blood Banks, Introduction of unleaded petrol, National Trauma Care Policy etc.
- During the year 2015-2016, the Institute attended to about 30 lakh outpatients and 2.5 lakh inpatients and performed close to 1.5 lakh surgical procedures.
- AIIMS is in the process of expanding AIIMS Trauma Centre, Surgical Block, Mother and Child Block and OPD Block. The expansion will happen in phases and when completed, will almost double the hospital’s capacity. The Union Cabinet approved the proposal for setting up of National cancer Institute (NCI) at Jhajjar under AIIMS at a cost of Rs. 2035 crores. NCI is the largest tertiary healthcare facility (both public and/or private) in the country since independence.
- AIIMS has been undergoing a quiet revolution over the last few years in bringing innovative and patient oriented services so as to cater to the huge number of patients who look up to AIIMS as the final word in affordable and quality healthcare. In an effort to streamline the rush for out-patient consultations, AIIMS started a computerized appointment system that allows patients to schedule appointments up to a week in advance. A free generic pharmacy store was opened at AIIMS for outpatients to cater to the needs of the weaker sections of the society.
- Driving achievement at AIIMS are the many exceptional members of its community. AIIMS has made a sincere effort to live up to the mandate given to it by Parliament as it strives to assist the government in its endeavor to provide quality healthcare to our people. For AIIMS faculty, trainees and staff alike, each day is a celebration of study and practice of medicine from dedicated clinical care to dedicated education and exhilarating discovery.
- Text : Based on the material received from proponent.