ANIIMS celebrates annual cultural fest, MERAKI, with zeal

Report by: 
ROOPA LALL
Port Blair
11 Apr 2018

The Andaman and Nicobar Institute of Medical Science (ANIIMS) celebrated its annual cultural festival, MERAKI-2018, with enthusiasm on Tuesday. The Chief Secretary, Andaman and Nicobar Administration, Mr Anindo Majumdar, was the chief guest on the occasion. Major General  Dr. Rajendra Prasad Choubey, Director, ANIIMS, Brigadier, Dr. Satyabhushan  Mahajan, Dean Academics, Dr. Archana  Deshpande, Office in Charge Cultural Committee, Mohd. Irshad, President Student Council, Ms Bhavana Anand, Cultural Secretary Student Council were present on the occasion.
Expressing happiness on being part of the festival, Mr Majumdar said that medical science is demanding profession and students pursuing their careers in this field should be extremely creative and professional towards such noble profession. “This is a very praiseworthy effort and I hope the festival becomes a regular feature part of the institution every year. ANIIMS has fulfilled one of the most anticipated demands of the people here. The administration is committed to extend all possible support towards infrastructure building for the institute,” he said.
Welcoming the gathering, Major General Dr. Rajendra Prasad Choubey briefed about the establishment of Medical College in these islands. A Society namely ANIMERS was formed in October 2013. Consultant to ANIMERS was appointed. DPR was prepared and along with the MCI application for admitting 100 students to 1st MBBS course was submitted to MOH & FW, GOI in August 2014. Some faculty members including the Director were recruited. Some buildings around the GBPH were taken over and remodeled to meet the MCI MSR (minimum spender requirement). 1st MCI Inspection carried out on 21st and 22nd January 2015. Observation complied with and compliance inspection held on 24th April 2015. University Affiliation (Pondicherry) received. LOP for admission of 100 students to 1st MBBS course received on 8th June 2015, he recounted.
An examination hall for 250 students and the 4th Laboratory has been constructed, re-modelling of the space in aqn under construction ward /dept Complex for Ophthalmology, Oncology & Burn Centre). Construction of hostels for 260 students at new site is nearing completion. Roads inside the campus is presently awaiting approval of the UT administration, while construction of additional 03 Ts & CSSD, 90 beds in hospital for 4th renewal after MCI inspection and provision of Central Oxygen & Suction is under progress, informed Dr Choubey.