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AIIMS: Faculty writes to health minister: Institute will face ‘identity loss’ if name changes

AIIMS: In a recent letter to Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya, the Faculty Association of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (FAIMS) pleaded with him not to consider the suggestion to change the institution’s name.

The AIIMS Faculty Association urged the minister after the government proposed naming all 23 AIIMS after regional heroes, freedom fighters, historical events, or monuments, among other things.

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“We believe that AIIMS Delhi will face severe loss of identity and demoralization if the name is changed. Hence, FAIMS requests you to please not consider any proposal for changing the name of AIIMS Delhi. This will help to maintain Premier and Mentor institute status of AIIMS Delhi with respect to others in the country,” the letter addressed to the Union health minister read.

It said, “AIIMS was created in 1956 with a trinity of mission for medical education, research and patient care. AIIMS brand has been created by fulfilling this mission with dedicated efforts of its faculty members, residents, students and staff members over the years.”

“Identity is linked with the name and if the identity is lost, institutional recognition is lost both within the country and outside. That is why famous and established universities such as Oxford, Cambridge and Harvard continue to have the same name for centuries,” the letter read.

“In India, IITs have a name recognition which gives them an institution’s identity and there is no proposal to change it. The same is true for IIMs,” it added.

They also pointed out that even IISC, Bengaluru also completed 100 years and still has not changed its name. That is the reason why identity is very significant.

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