Dr G K Singh, head of the orthopaedics surgery department and Dr Sandeep Kumar, head of the breast surgery department at Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Medical University (formerly King George’s Medical College), Lucknow have been selected to head the new All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at Patna in Bihar and Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh respectively.
“The decision to set up AIIMS on the lines of the 50-year-old AIIMS in New Delhi was taken by the central government a couple of years ago to make tertiary medical care available to common people in different parts of the country,” Dr G K Singh told IANS.
Of the six new AIIMS-like institutes being set-up across India, the others are located at Jodhpur in Rajasthan, Raipur in Chhattisgarh, Rishikesh in Uttarakhand and Bhubaneswar in Orissa.
“I am told that all the new AIIMS would become functional by 2012,” said Dr Sandeep Kumar.
Both Dr G K Singh and Dr Sandeep Kumar have had brilliant academic records and wide experience in their respective disciplines. Dr Singh is an alumnae of King George’s Medical College where he topped his batch, while Dr Kumar passed out with a gold medal from Allahabad Medical College. Both joined King George’s Medical College as lecturers and have been teaching there for three decades.
While Dr G K Singh was a Fellow of the International College of Surgeons, Dr Sandeep Kumar did his PhD from Cardiff University and was a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons. Dr Singh has the distinction of doing a stint as advisor at B P Koirala Institute of Health Sciences in Nepal.
Both Dr G K Singh and Dr Sandeep Kumar said they would assume their new offices later this month. The academic session at the Patna and Bhopal AIIMS is expected to commence from 2012. [Source: IANS]