The external research funds for the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) have gone up to Rs. 65.40 crore, a 25% jump over last year.
"We have about 500 young scientists currently working on 632 research projects who managed to bring in funds worth Rs. 65.4 crore. We have published more than 1,700 research papers in national and international journals this year," said Dr RC Deka, director, AIIMS.
Elaborating upon the achievements of the researchers in the institute on the occasion of the institute's 40th annual convocation on Tuesday, Dr Deka said 146 research projects were successfully completed this year and 126 new projects initiated in areas such as stroke, brain tumour, stem cell studies, drug designing, protein research, genetics and immunology.
To encourage researchers, the institute recently awarded 18 faculty members for outstanding research. "We introduced three super-specialty courses in pulmonary medicine, geriatrics and surgical oncology this year and have met with tremendous response," said Dr Deka.
The hospital is also in the process of expansion and has already added 50 more beds. Newer diagnostics and intervention procedures through imaging sciences have also been introduced.
"Ultrasound-guided biopsy for breast and prostate cancer will result in accurate diagnosis and better treatment outcome. Our in-patient care is world class and the infection rate at AIIMS is 8.3%, which we are working on reducing further," he said.
“Our doctors also get infected; tuberculosis for instance is quite common, and there's an infection control committee that collects samples frequently from various places and wherever the virus load is high, the place is sanitized,” he added.
To deal with patient rush, the out patient load will be diverted to its branch in Jhajjar and there is a new building being constructed to accommodate the rush. “We will have OPDs for medicine, surgery, gynecology, ophthalmology and for super-specialties like cardiology, once in a month may be,” said Dr Deka.