The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has requested chief ministers of various states to identify suitable land for setting up of AIIMS, Rajya Sabha was informed today.
In a written reply to the Upper House, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said the Centre has received requests from the governments of Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Kerala and Maharashtra for setting up AIIMS in these states.
"The central government has plans to set up AIIMS in each state," Vardhan stated.
Replying to another question, he said that although his ministry has requested the Chief Minister of Gujarat to identify a location for the setting up of an AIIMS, "no response has been received from the government of Gujarat so far".
Vardhan said that under the first phase of Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana, six new AIIMS are being set up in Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh), Bhubaneswar (Odisha), Jodhpur (Rajasthan), Patna (Bihar), Raipur (Chhattisgarh) and Rishikesh (Uttarakhand).
He said that the first batch (of 50) and second batch (of 100) MBBS students had been admitted at each of the six new AIIMS, respectively, for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years.
"First batch of B.Sc. Nursing students (60 in number) has also been admitted at each of the six new AIIMS during 2013-14. Process of admitting the next batches of MBBS and B.Sc Nursing students in the current academic year is in progress," Vardhan said.
He also said that Outdoor Patient Department services are functional at each of the six new AIIMS.
"Indoor Patient Department services to cater to teaching of MBBS students are functional at five new AIIMS. Work on construction of housing facilities is in progress," he added.