GUWAHATI: The much-awaited All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) located at Changsari in Kamrup district to start its academic course from November this year, said Assam’s health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Thursday.
The institute is situated on the northern bank of the Brahmaputra River and 34 km away from the state’s capital city. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had laid the foundation stone of AIIMS at Changsari in 2017.
Sarma said, “AIIMS Changsari will begin its academic course from November 1 this year. The treatment will begin next year.”
The institute will have a hospital comprising 750 beds, a medical college for 100 MBBS students annually, a nursing college for 60 students each year and 22 super specialty departments including 16 operation theatres.
The medical institute is set to be constructed at a cost of Rs 1,123 crores as part of the ‘Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana’, and the project was expected to be completed within four years.
Earlier, the state government faced heated protests when the location of the institute was fixed at Changsari against the demand of setting it up at Raha in Nagaon district, located 76 km east from Guwahati.
Sarma also informed that the Lakhimpur medical college hospital was likely to start functioning from November 15. “Medical colleges of Dhubri, Nagaon, Tinsukia and Nalbari are too in the pipeline. Construction of three other medical colleges at Biswanath, Goalpara and Charaideo districts will start soon,” he added.