AIIMS was created in 1956 to serve as a nucleus for nurturing excellence in all aspects of health care.
All India Institute of Medical Sciences was established by an Act of parliament in 1956. The degrees and diplomas awarded by the Institute under the All India Institute of Medical Sciences Act are recognized medical qualifications for the purpose of the Indian Medical Council Act and notwithstanding anything contained in the Medical Council Act, are deemed to be included in the first schedule of that Act, entitling the holders to the same privileges as those attached to the equivalent awards from other universities of India. The Institute (AIIMS, New Delhi) is a residential university in which the faculty members, staff and the students live on campus. There are 8 hostels for undergraduate students (6 for boys and 2 for girls) with a capacity to accommodate 850 students.
Other AIIMS like Institutes
Under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana 6 New All India Institutes of Medical Sciences have been established similar to AIIMS, New Delhi.Government of India has decided that the Academic Session in six New AIIMS at Bhopal, Patna, Jodhpur, Rishikesh, Raipur and Bhubaneswar starts in August 2013. The proposal is for an intake of 100 students for each of the institutions. The Ministry after deliberation took the view that for the second academic session (2013-2014), selection for admission should be done through the same entrance examination through which candidates are selected for AIIMS New Delhi. The Admission will be done on the basis of merit-cum-choice of the candidates.
The Prime concern of the Institute (AIIMS) is to develop patterns of teaching in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education in all the branches so as to demonstrate a high standard of medical education to all medical colleges and allied institutions in India. The other important objectives of the Institutes and are to bring together in one place educational facilities of the highest order for the training of personnel in all the important branches of health activities and to attain selfsufficiency in postgraduate medical education.