AIIMS Patna and Raipur are struggling to allure students to get in to the institutes. The brand AIIMS has got affected quite hard this session. Despite trying real hard to get in students by conducting four back to back counseling sessions, AIIMS failed to fill in at least 44 seats which are lying vacant for this session.
Earlier the number of counseling students remained five to eight times the number of seats available at AIIMS, but this year the authority had to send call letters to all the students who have passed the written examination. Still there were as many as 44 seats that remained vacant.
Though there are six new AIIMS- like institutions that are set up under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) in Patna, Jodhpur, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Rishikesh and Raipur, there are many issues like poor infrastructure, lack of faculty, clinical exposure and hostel facility for which the students are opting out from these institutions. Quite a few students have rather opted for better established regional medical colleges like Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) over these newly formed AIIMS institutions in Patna and Raipur Regions.
The new AIIMS like institutions are set up to provide quality medical services and educations to various regions across the nation apart from the centralized Delhi AIIMS. The new AIIMS units are relatively newborns and according to the Union Health Minister the situations would soon become normal and students would return to these institutions from next sessions.
The student intake for MBBS courses has risen from 50 per college to 100 in the year 2013 without proper revisions in the infrastructure or the faculty needs making it difficult for these colleges to cope up with the sudden rise in the number of students per batch.