Medical College Director Interview: Only 20 per cent Indian medical colleges are good, says AIIMS Bhubaneswar Director
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Prof. A. K. Mahapatra, Director, AIIMS Bhubaneswar in conversation with Careers360 discusses about changes needed to make the country’s medical education more robust. In this interview, the AIIMS Bhubaneswar Director speaks on challenges of faculty shortage in medical institutions and measures to address it.

Read this interview of Prof. A. K. Mahapatra where he also speaks talks about the need for change in course curriculum.

Careers360: There is a lot of churning in India's medical education system. How do you look at the present medical education scenario in the country?
Prof. A.K. Mahapatra: The present scenario is average. If we look at the medical colleges in the country it is neither bad nor very good; it’s average. We do not have institutions like the AIIMS Delhi. Only 20 per cent of the medical colleges in the country are doing really good; rest is either average or not doing well. There are many colleges that are not even at the optimal level as they lack infrastructure, faculty so we have to work towards raising their level. The other problem is that there is a huge shortage of faculty all over India; we are not able to get good quality teachers.

Careers360: Most of the AIIMS-like institutions face faculty shortage. Why are you facing this problem?
Prof. A.K. Mahapatra: We are facing this problem because at the entry level you are writing papers, doing research but when you reach the level of professor the attitude is totally different. Another problem is that these people also come from institutions where writing papers or doing research is not the priority; they are only concerned about teaching. 

Careers360: How can we address this problem?
Prof. A.K. Mahapatra: This is a very critical problem. If I talk about the interviews that we did for all new AIIMS, we received 5000 applications of which we interviewed more than 4000 but could select only 300-400. We got good people at the level of Assist. Professors but it was very difficult to find someone suitable for the post of professor.

Careers360: Government has opened new AIIMS in different parts of the country and is planning to open more; will it not affect the brand name?
Prof. A.K. Mahapatra: We have to first understand that there is a difference between AIIMS and good quality hospitals. AIIMS are teaching institutions. We have to understand the purpose for opening AIIMS. If the purpose is to upgrade the healthcare system in a particular area then we should upgrade the facilities at the hospitals located in that area as by adding MBBS we are only adding 100 seats.

Careers360: You mean this will dilute the brand?
Prof. A.K. Mahapatra: AIIMS was established to give good quality teaching and high quality patient care. So if you will have 30 AIIMS by next 30 years then it will certainly dilute the brand name. It will affect the brand name because then we will not be able to attract the best talent across the country as students from a particular state or region will study in that particular area. The institute which now has a national character will boil down to a regional institute; but it will certainly improve the healthcare services in that area. 

Careers360: As a Director, what are the new initiatives you have taken at AIIMS Bhubaneswar?
Prof. A.K. Mahapatra: We are soon going to appoint close to 100 faculties, we had advertised for 2450 posts and for that we carried out massive manhunt and the interview was carried out over a period of six months and we have finally selected 100. Till now we have only one teacher in a department but now we will have five in each department, it will also increase the number of doctors available.

Careers360: Any other initiatives on courses?
Prof. A.K. Mahapatra: We are also going to start postgraduate education from July session; we have also started new things like dialysis surgery, laparoscopic surgery, endoscopic surgery, heart operations, etc. as right now we get 1500-2000 patients in OPD everyday so things will improve soon. So, the message is clear that AIIMS Bhubaneswar is now functional. Though it is not at par with AIIMS Delhi but it is offering affordable quality patient care. 

Only 20 per cent of India's medical colleges are doing really good; there are many colleges that are not even at the optimal level as they lack infrastructure and faculty so we have to work towards raising their level

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Aiims bhubaneswar mbbs 2019-20 counseling status as on today

Devraj choudhary Student Expert 12th Nov, 2019


The counselling for any of AIIMS for MBBS course 2019 has been done before hand. It has been completed by july of 2019. And the counselling for 2020 will be done in july 2020

Hope it helps


What is the rank required to get M.D( in AIIMS,Bhubaneswar?

Hello Arul Selvan

In order to qualify AIIMS, General category candidates must secure a minimum of 50%. You cannot specifically tell cuttoff for AIIMS ,because it has percentile system.But if you have a rank of around below  500 for General then  you can easily get into AIIMS BHUBANESHWAR.

You can check the previous year cut offs for AIIMS from the given below link

Hope it helps you.


Which one is better aiims bhubaneswar Or aiims bhopal?

Stuti Agarwal 14th Aug, 2019

Dear aspirant, both the AIIMS are similar in the aspects of teaching and facilities. As the interaction with the patients start from the second year only so if you are a fluent hindi speaker then bhopal will be good as well otherwise you can face a problem in connectivity with patient's patients. Other aspects can be taken into account as well like the connectivity to your home. In both the institution fests are good as well.

Hope it helps.

All the best:)


Which college is better for north indians aiims bhubaneswar or aiims bhopal?

Dhameer Bhatia Student Expert 2nd Aug, 2019


According to Ranking , AIIMS bhubaneshwar is better than AIIMS Bhopal. You can also check all the differences between both by following the given link :

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Do north indians face difficulty in aiims bhubaneswar ?

Tanmoy Munshi Student Expert 2nd Aug, 2019

Hey Arpit,

No, not at all. there might be a problem of food but day by day you will get adjusted to the food problem. Staying at the hostel might be a problem for the first time but not for the entire course. The only thing is the addjustment. If you can adjust to that environment very fast then it might not be a great issue. But if not then it takes time to adjust. The facilities are very good over there. 

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all the best

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