In a major decision, Union government has appointed directors to four of the six new AIIMS-like institutes it plans to start in as many states from September this year. According to highly placed sources, these names were also cleared by the Cabinet Committee on Appointments (ACC), thus paving the way for early start of the institutes at Raipur, Bhubaneshwar, Rishikesh and Jodhpur.
Sources said that AK Mahapatra, a neurosurgeon at AIIMS, Delhi has been appointed the new director of AIIMS at Bhubaneshwar. While Sanjeev Mishra of King George Medical College in Lucknow is the new director of AIIMS, Jodhpur. Similarly, Raj Kumar, a professor of Sanjay Gandhi Government Medical College, Lucknow, is the new director at AIIMS in Rishikesh, while Nitin Nagarkar, a professor at government Medical College at Chandigarh is the new director of AIIMS at Raipur.
The AIIMS at Patna already has GK Singh as its director and Bhopal AIIMS has Sandeep Kumar. The government had earlier appointed directors for the four institutes from among the senior faculty in AIIMS in Delhi, but they did not join, forcing the government to start the process of the reappointment.