All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) is a premier medical college and research public university based in New Delhi. The Institute operates autonomously under the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (India). In the annual ranking of India’s best colleges compiled by the Delhi-based newsweekly India Today, AIIMS is routinely ranked as the most prestigious medical college in India. AIIMS was established in 1956 by the Indian Parliament with the objective of developing a strong curricular foundation for undergraduate and post-graduate healthcare education in India. AIIMS spokespersons attribute the institution’s excellence is thanks to several factors -- small class sizes, excellent library facilities, liberal clinically oriented teaching, research exposure and the mandate given to its faculty to set its own curriculum. Several surveys by The Week and Outlook magazines have named AIIMS teaching hospital as the best in India. The consensus within the medical educationists fraternity is that AIIMS provides the best education countrywide in Cardiology, Neurology, Gastroenterology, Gynecology and Ophthalmology Moreover the AIIMS teaching hospital has earned an excellent reputation for maintaining high standards of quality while examining large numbers of patients (3.5 million in 2006) at very low cost to patients (Rs.10).
AIIMS is a residential university where the faculty members, staff and students live on either the main campus or one of the several campuses which form a part of the Institution. There are five hostels for male undergraduate students and a single hostel for female undergraduate students. These six hostels together can accommodate 850 students. For Post-graduate students, there are three hostels available for the men students and married couples and a single hostel for the women students. Additional hostels for Nursing students and Post-graduate students are available in the neigbourhood of the he main AIIMS campus. A large, well-equipped student' gym, swimming pool and tennis court, basketball, volleyball, squash and soccer provide ample recreational opportunities. Prayatna is a student organization that arranges blood donation camps for the fulfillment of perpetual shortage of blood at the AIIMS blood bank.
Courses offered Undergraduate MBBS B.Sc Nursing (post Certificate) B.Sc. (Hons.) Nursing Paramedical Courses (PM) B.Sc. (Hons.) Ophthalmic Techniques B.Sc. (Hons.) Medical Technology Postgraduate Courses (PG) M.D/M.S/M.D.S M.Ch. (5 year course) M.Sc. / M. Biotechnology Ph. D
Admissions are on the basis of a very rigorous entrance exam conducted by AIIMS. The eligibility criteria being that the candidate must have passed the 12th class under the 10+2 scheme/seniorSchool Certificate Examination. She/he should have obtained a minimum of 60% marks in the case of General/OBC and 50% in case of SC/ST candidates in aggregate in English, Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
The Week and Outlook magazines have named AIIMS teaching hospital as the best in India. The consensus within the medical educationists fraternity is that AIIMS provides the best education countrywide in Cardiology, Neurology, Gastroenterology, Gynecology and Ophthalmology.