All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)
AIIMS is considered as one of the most prestigious medical colleges in India  and is globally recognized for providing low-cost medical care to a large number of patients. It was established as an institute of national importance by an act of the Indian parliament with the objective of developing a strong curriculum and teaching guidelines for undergraduate and post-graduate education in all branches of medicine in India. AIIMS seeks to achieve a high standard of medical education in India and to bring together in one place educational facilities of the highest order so as to attain self-sufficiency in good quality post-graduate medical education. Because of low cost facilities and highly efficient practitioners AIIMS has been for many years registering patients far above its capacity. For this prime reason, in 2004, the then prime minister of India; Mr. Atal Bihari Bajpayee announced the establishment of six new AIIMS to be built at Jodhpur, Rishikesh, Bhubaneshwar, Bhopal, Raipur and Patna.
The courses offered by the institute are:
* B.Sc. (Hons.) in Optometry/Radio-diagnosis
* B.Sc. (Hons.) in Nursing
* B.Sc. in Nursing
* M.Sc. in Anatomy, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Pharmacology and Physiology
* M.Sc. in Urology Technology, Perfusion Technology & Nuclear Medicine
* M.Sc. in Nursing
Central Facility :
B.B. Dikshit Library
Central Animal Facility
Electron Microscope Facility
K.L. Wig CMET
Medical Social & Welfare Services
National Poisons Information Centre
Organ Retrieval Banking Organisation
Stem Cell Facility
Every year AIIMS accepts 72 Indian students, of which 37 belong to General Category and 16 belong to the reserved category (SC/ST), 19 Seats for Other Backward Classes (OBC) and 3% orthopedic physically handicapped, based on the results of an all-India entrance examination for its undergraduate M.B.B.S program.The number of students who take the entrance exam every year varies from 80,000 to 100,000. The acceptance rate for admission to the undergraduate course (medical school) is thus 72/90000 i.e. 0.08%.
Five international students (nominated by Government of India from SAARC nations) complete the class size of 77. AIIMS also specializes in paramedical and basic science training for its undergraduates. AIIMS is one of the few institutions where the faculty-student ratio is actually the reverse of the norm, i.e. there are more faculty members than students.
B.Sc. (Hons.) in Ophthalmic Technique
This course is of 3+1 years duration, and is aimed at enabling the students to achieve general understanding of Human Biology and in-depth knowledge of medical science related to basic Ophthalmology, viz., Ocular Anatomy, Ocular Physiology, Ocular Biochemistry, Ocular Pathology, Ocular Microbiology and Ocular Pharmacology, as well as clinical Ophthalmology, viz., Physiological Optics, Orthoptics, Investigative Ophthalmology, Low Vision Aids, Contact Lenses. The objectives of the course are:
B.Sc. (Hons.) in Radio-diagnosis
This course is of 3 years duration. The objectives of the course are:
* To provide basic knowledge of Human Anatomy and Physiology for understanding Human Biology,
* To provide basic understanding of the beneficial and harmful effects of X-ray radiation and protective measures while working with it,
* To understand physical principles of other imaging modalities like ultrasound and MRI,
* To train the students to perform all routine radiographic techniques and produce images of good diagnostic qualities with minimum radiation dose,
* To train students to work independently as competent imaging technologists
There are about forty-two speciality post-graduate courses conducted at AIIMS. The entry is through a nationwide competitive examination held every six months. Each year nearly 50 thousand medical graduates across the country compete for the limited number of positions, approximately ,<1% of the candidates are admitted through the process- making it one of the most difficult tests. These courses are highly coveted by the medical graduates across the country because of the institution's excellent medical services, exposure to unusual and referred cases and excellent opportunities for research.