Controversy over changing the name of AIIMS, Faculty said - doing so will erase the identity

Doctors have unanimously opposed the government's proposal to change the name of AIIMS.


New Delhi: All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS), which is known for its doctors, cheap treatment and reliable hospital in India, should its name be changed? AIIMS doctors believe that this should not happen at all. The Faculty Association of AIIMS Doctors has written a letter seeking suggestions from the members as to what should be changed in the names of 23 AIIMS in the country.


Expressing clear objection to the proposal to change the name in the letter, it has also been said that when universities like Oxford-Cambridge across the world have not changed their names for centuries, then why should AIIMS be separated from its identity?


It has been written in the letter that this name is the identity of the institute and by changing the name, the identity of AIIMS in the country and the world will also be lost. The Faculty Association has asked the rest of the AIIMS members to give their opinion in two days so that they can take further steps.


Name change proposal

In fact, according to sources, the Ministry of Health had sought proposals related to the change of name from 23 AIIMS in the country. At present, all AIIMS including AIIMS Patna, AIIMS Bhubaneswar is known by the name of their cities, but the Faculty Association believes that despite the renaming of cities like Chennai, Kolkata and Mumbai, there are Madras High Court and Madras University, Calcutta High Court and the University in the same way. Bombay University is there so what is the point of doing this with AIIMS? According to sources, the central government wants to name 23 AIIMS after local heroes, freedom fighters and historical monuments.


Opinions have been sought from AIIMS across the country

Suggestions regarding names have been given to AIIMS Bhopal, AIIMS Bhubaneswar, AIIMS Jodhpur, AIIMS Patna, AIIMS Raipur, AIIMS Rishikesh, AIIMS Nagpur, AIIMS Rae Bareli and AIIMS Madurai.


Six new AIIMS Patna, Raipur-Chhattisgarh, Bhopal, Bhubaneshwar, Jodhpur and Rishikesh were approved in the first phase of Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana and their operations have started. Out of 16 AIIMS built in 2015 and 2022, MBBS and OPD have been started in 10, while only MBBS classes have been started in two. Four institutes are in different stages of construction. AIIMS Delhi was formed in 1956 and it is the identity of the country.