President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind addressed 1st Convocation of AIIMS Rishikesh

Recently, AIIMS Rishikesh held its first convocation ceremony. The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, graced and addressed the first convocation of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Rishikesh, in Uttarakhand on November 3, 2018.

AIIMS Rishikesh is one of the SIX Apex healthcare institutes being established by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojna (PMSSY).

The heart and soul of any medical institution rest in the proficiency of its medical professionals: faculty doctors, nursing, paramedical staff, and the students.

AIIMS, Rishikesh was seeded with its first lot o faculty and students starting in July 2012, when work started in earnest towards developing the institute under the stewardship of Director, Professor (Dr.) Raj Kumar.

With the aim of correcting regional imbalances in quality tertiary level healthcare in the country and attaining self-sufficiency in graduate and postgraduate medical education and training, the PMSSY planned to set up 6 new AIIMS institutions in underserved areas of the country.

These institutions are being established by an Act of Parliament on the lines of the original All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi which imparts both undergraduate and postgraduate medical education in all its branches and related fields.

Speaking on the occasion, the President said that in India, AIIMS is a symbol of excellence in the field of medical care and research. Establishment of an AIIMS in hitherto underserved areas makes quality medical facilities accessible and affordable. It also reduces pressure on hospitals in metros.

The President said that AIIMS Rishikesh should envisage itself as an effective research center, apart from providing good health services. He expressed hope that AIIMS Rishikesh will develop many super-specialty faculties so that people from other areas to come here for treatment. He urged doctors to research health-related issues specific to the Uttarakhand region.

Earlier in the day, the President also inaugurated Gyan Kumbh – a national conference on quality enhancement in higher education – in Haridwar. The conference is being organized by the government of Uttarakhand and the University of Patanjali, Haridwar.

Addressing the gathering, the President said that as per constitutional provisions, responsibility for higher education lies with both Union and state governments. This conference is an example of coordination among various stakeholders. He expressed hope that outcomes of the conference will enhance opportunities for higher education not only in Uttarakhand but in the entire country.

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