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Seats for students in AIIMS raised by 182 annually

The annual intake of students for various courses in AIIMS would increase by 182 following the implementation of 27 per cent reservation for OBCs in the prestigious institute.



New Delhi: The annual intake of students
for various courses in AIIMS would increase by 182 following
the implementation of 27 per cent reservation for OBCs in the
prestigious institute.

A meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs
(CCEA), chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, today gave
its nod for increasing the seats for admission of students in
AIIMS as recommended by the Oversight Committee.

"After implementation of reservation for OBCs in the
institute, the annual intake in various undergraduate,
postgraduate and paramedical courses will increase by 182,"
an official statement said.

Implementation of reservation for OBCs will not only
increase intake capacity of AIIMS but also facilitate better
health care delivery system, it said, adding that total number
of seats will increase without altering the existing number of
unreserved seats.

The CCEA also approved a proposal of the Health Ministry
to access global grant of Rs 609.91 crore to scale up
counselling and testing, care and support facility for people
suffering from AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in India.

According to official release, about 2.6 crore people
have been counselled and tested across the country via the
Integrated Counselling and Testing Centres (ICTCs) in the last
five years.

During the same period, about 164.9 lakh pregnant women
have received HIV prevention counselling and testing.
Similarly, of 89,663 HIV positive pregnant women, 45,982
women and their babies have received treatment under the
Prevention of Parent to Child Transmission of HIV programme.

Also, 95,000 HIV infected TB patients have been
diagnosed across the country and linked with treatment
facilities, the statement said.

PTI

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