AIIMS Bhubaneswar inaugurated officially by Ghulam Nabi Azad

Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad today dedicated the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Bhubaneswar to public by official inaugurating the AIIMS Bhubaneswar.  The premier institute is inaugurated by Union Health and Family Welfare minister Ghulam Nabi Azad while Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik was the chief guest. Since the start of academic session for the first batch of MBBS students in September 2012 with intake of 50 students, AIIMS-Bhubaneswar now has 135 beds including 10 ICU beds, 30 for casualty and six recovery beds, he said adding by the end of this year the hospital is expected to have about 600 beds.’By June, 2015, we are likely to achieve the target of having a 978-bedded hospital,’ Mahapatra said. Stating that the AIIMS, Bhubaneswar was among the six new AIIMS planned under the centre’s Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Surakshya Yojana (PMSSY), he said these were meant to correct the regional imbalances in quality tertiary healthcare.
The premier medical institute of the State built over an area of 1,25,000 square metre has three operation theatres (OTs), a recovery ward, four high dependant units, a 10-bed ICU along with 150 beds spanning different specialties. The hospital had started the OPD services in the basic disciplines of medicine, surgery, orthopaedics, dentistry and gynaecology in June last year which increased to 24 subsequently. On the day of inauguration, the institution would introduce e-card system, which is also called as health card, for patients coming to the hospital. Through the card, the patients can know about the disease, treatment and doctor assigned.

Odia gets Classical Language status

Odia on Thursday became the sixth language of the country to get “classical language’’ status after the Union Cabinet conceded a long-pending demand for putting it in the same league as Sanskrit, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam.  Following demands, the Union Cabinet today gave its approval for putting Odia in the list of classical language.  The Union Cabinet today gave its approval for classifying Odia as classical language. This will give impetus to scholarship in this language.
The following benefits are available for languages which are declared as classical languages:
1.  Two major annual international awards for scholars of eminence in the concerned language.
2. A `Centre of Excellence for Studies in Classical Languages` can be set up.
3. The University Grants Commission can be requested to create, to start with at least in Central Universities, a certain number of professional chairs for classical languages, for scholars of eminence in the concerned language.
There has been a demand that Odia, which is one of the oldest languages and has no resemblance to Hindi, Sanskrit, Bengali, Telugu, etc., be declared as a classical language. So far Sanskrit, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam have been declared as classical languages.