New Delhi: 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 today (November 3, 2018).
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 AIIMS Rishikesh should envisage itself as an effective research centre, apart from providing good health services. He expressed hope that AIIMS Rishikesh will develop many super-speciality 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 inaugurated Gyan Kumbh – a national conference on quality enhancement in higher education – in Haridwar. The conference is being organised 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.