Missing medical colleges: On the case of the Madurai AIIMS

Syllabus: GS I, Subject: Society and Social Justice, Topic: Social Sector-Health, Issue: Medical education

Context: The Madurai AIIMS project illustrates the challenges of implementation despite lofty goals.

Initiatives to addressing gap in medical education:

  • Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana was launched in 2003 for this purpose.
  • Six AIIMS-like medical institutions were established under PMSSY in 2006.
  • Currently, there are 20 operational AIIMS institutions and three under development.
  • These institutions offer opportunities for students and expand healthcare education beyond urban areas.

Issues at AIIMS Madurai:

  • AIIMS Madurai project exemplifies the gap between intentions and implementation.
  • Persistent complaints include inadequate infrastructure and manpower constraints.
  • Prime Minister laid the foundation stone in January 2019, but construction delays persist.
  • Three batches of undergraduate students have been accommodated elsewhere due to the delay.
  • The original goal of addressing the doctor-population ratio remains unresolved.

The way ahead:

  • Both the Centre and the State must collaborate to ensure quality education and avoid victimizing students due to federal issues.
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·        As per official data, the doctor-population ratio in the country stands at 1:834, worse in rural areas.

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