Dr Harsh Vardhan dedicates RML Medical College to Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee
New Delhi: In a major development to MBBS education sector of the national capital, the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Medical Sciences at Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital (RML Hospital) has been inaugurated recently.
The inauguration was done by the Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare on the first death anniversary of the former Prime Minister and Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Dr Harsh Vardhan mentioned that Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Medical Sciences (ABVIMS) has 100 MBBS seats this year. “It will be a state-of-the-art medical college with reputed faculties and world class infrastructure. Super Specialty Block has more than 550 beds and the New Resident Doctors’ Hostel has 827 bed units,” he elaborated.
He also laid the foundation stone for the Super Speciality Block and new doctors’ hostel at the Institute in presence of Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey, MoS (HFW), Shri Anil Baijal, Lieutenant Governor, GNCT, Smt Meenakshi Lekhi, Member of Parliament, New Delhi and Shri Shiv Kumar Ji, long time associate and companion of Shri Atal Ji.
The fee structure of MBBS course has been kept nominal i.e. Rs 36,000 including all services. As of now, RML hospital has dedicated 15 rooms for hostel accommodation for out-stationed students.
The institute has got few senior faculties from Safdarjung hospital for non-clinical subjects like anatomy, community medicine etc followed by other teaching faculty from RML hospital.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Harsh Vardhan said that this initiative epitomizes the political commitment, vision and guidance from our beloved Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji to not only strengthen the tertiary healthcare in the country but also ensure availability of healthcare professionals in remote areas by making medical education affordable to the people. He stated the Prime Minister is determined to achieve New India by 2022, and such initiatives will be the hallmark of that India.
He further added that it was Shri Atalji who recognized the need for major augmentation in the tertiary healthcare facilities in the country as early as 2003. “Launching the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY), a flagship scheme of the Government, Vajpayee Ji announced setting up of six new AIIMS under the scheme in the year 2003,” he added.
Citing the examples of Polio and maternal health, the Union Health Minister said that it was Atal Ji, who with his pragmatic and visionary approach envisaged the National Health Policy 2002 and launched it with the objective of achieving an acceptable standard of good health of Indian population by decentralizing public health system.
Also present at the function were, Ms Preeti Sudan, Secretary (HFW), Dr (Prof) V K Tiwari, Director & MS, Dr RML Hospital along with other senior officers from the Ministry and faculty and students from Dr RML Hospital.