All India Institute of Medical Sciences (File Copy)
After a massive fire that broke out within the hospital premises on Saturday evening, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has moved the Counselling date for its undergraduate courses from August 20-21 to August 26-27.
The online registration for AIIMS’ open counselling will remain open till 5pm Wednesday, August 21.
“Considering the large number of candidates and guardians participating in the open round of counselling (AIIMS-MBBS-2019), under the prevailing circumstances, it has been decided by the competent authority that for adequate arrangements and ensuring safety, the open round of counselling has been rescheduled from August 20 and 21 to 26 and 27 August, 2019,” said the institute in a statement.
If the seats get filled on the first day, there will be no counselling on the second day.
“Candidates who take seats in any AIIMS during open round of counselling are required to stay back for medical check-ups on August 27 and 28 (if needed), to be held at AIIMS, Delhi. The formalities related to admission to all AIIMS shall be completed at AIIMS Delhi,” the statement further read.
The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) was fully functional on Sunday and all patients, who were shifted out as a precautionary measure, were taken back to their respective wards, hospital authorities said.
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan reviewed the situation at the premier hospital, a statement from the hospital said. The AIIMS administration has initiated an internal inquiry to look into the cause of the fire and further strengthen preventive measure, the statement added.
“Dr Harsh Vardhan, Hon’ble Minister of Health and Family Welfare reviewed the situation on site at AIIMS along with director, AIIMS, and senior faculty members in the morning,” the hospital said.
After the fire broke out in the teaching block of the hospital, resident doctors, nurses and paramedical staff ensured that patients did not face inconvenience, hospital sources said. The fire, which is suspected to have started from the microbiology laboratory area, had affected some laboratories and office areas.
“The hospital area has not been affected by the fire and there has been no casualty. As a precautionary measure, the AIIMS administration had shifted patients from AB wing of the hospital to other areas of the hospital. These patients have been shifted back to their respective wards in the AB wing,” the statement said.