Currently six AIIMSs -- in Bhubaneshwar, Bhopal, Jodhpur, Raipur, Patna and Rishikesh -- are functional, apart from AIIMS, New Delhi. Besides, the government recently announced setting up of 14 more AIIMS.
Though the role of the health ministry should be one of policy making and extending budgetary and financial support, in reality, it is drawn into varied executive functions and day-to-day affairs to an undesirable level, with adverse consequences, both for the ministry's own working as well as of the institutes, the committee observed.
"As per norms, at least one or two institute body and two governing body meetings are to be held at each AIIMSs, which means, the health minister being the president at every AIIMS will have to attend around 63 meetings in a year which is practically not possible.
"Setting up a single common governing council will keep the minister away from day-to-day affairs of these medical institutes as he can be the chairperson of the council and take major decisions related to policies," said a senior health ministry official.
Further, to ensure the best faculty at all these new AIIMSs, the committee suggested bringing in people from institutes of national importance on deputation at AIIMSs, hiring retired doctors on contract and also employing NRI doctors at good salaries.
Further, to provide experienced leadership and mentorship at every AIIMS, the committee suggested increasing the retirement age of the director and other faculty to 67 years.
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"Individual IIT governing boards oversee the functioning of the respective institutes within the provision of the statute, ordinance, rules and regulations approved by the council," the report said.
For setting up the governing council, the committee also suggested draft amendments in the existing AIIMS Act, Rules and Regulations.
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