Will bring SKIMS on par with AIIMS: Governor Malik

Assuring reform in SRO 283 and more autonomy to SKIMS, Governor J&K Satya Pal Malik today said that Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Soura, will be brought on par with AIIMS New Delhi.

“SKIMS is an institute of excellence and the government is committed to bring it at par with AIIMS in terms of rules and regulations,” Malik said today while inaugurating the 23rd post-graduate research presentation of the Institute at SKICC here.

He said that with the reform in SRO 283, there would be the same retirement age and other benefits available in the SKIMS as are in AIIMS.

He said that Government would grant more autonomy to SKIMS and support it with infrastructure and equipment to help it develop further. “We do not demand anything from you and will grant you everything you need for the Institute,” he said. He urged the faculty of SKIMS to continue the “excellent research work” and bring SKIMS more prominently on the world map of medical research.

The Governor said that although he himself had pledged to get treated at the SKIMS in case a need arose, accommodation at two places outside the state was being developed for patients of J&K seeking treatment outside.

“I extend my gratitude to Chief Minister of Maharashtra who has allotted a plot in Mumbai for J&K where an accommodation will be developed for (J&K) patients seeking treatment in that city,” he said. He said a similar block was ready in Chanakyapuri in New Delhi.

While enumerating the achievements of Government in project development sector, he said, Rs 8000 crore had been allocated for languishing projects.

While enumerating achievements of the government in education sector, he said, 280 junior schools were “upgraded to higher secondary level in one day, 102 new degree colleges were coming up: 52 had been sanctioned while spots for the rest of these had been identified.”

He urged the Chief Secretary to dedicate half of these colleges for girls. “Girls are performing better in education and every other field and we need to facilitate avenues for their better education,” he said.

On this PGRP event 114 research presentations will be made by the passing out PG batch of SKIMS. On the occasion, the Governor who was the chief guest also e-inaugurated computer lab of college of paramedical sciences and nursing college SKIMS. Chief Secretary BVR Subramanium was the guest of honour.

On the occasion, Prof Omar Javed Shah, Director SKIMS remarked that the Institute annually provided treatment to approximately 60,000 patients. He informed the audience that the SKIMS will soon introduce the Robotic Surgery. He thanked the Government for extending support to SKIMS and helping it develop as an autonomous institute of medical excellence.

Recently, government had increased the limit of SKIMS purchase sub-committee to Rs 20 crore from Rs 2 crore to grant more financial powers to the Director.