With a whooping budget of Rs 1500 crore, Tamil Nadu government declared to set up the highly awaited All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) facility in Madurai’s Thoppur region of Tamil Nadu.

During the Union Budget 2015-16, the Central Government had announced setting up an All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) facility in Tamil Nadu. However, the beginning of set-up faced a few delays due to issues related to location selection since a number of districts came up with demands to set up the medical institute in their region. To come up with a final selection, a special central team had made visits to five locations in Tamil Nadu – including those at Madurai, Erode and Pudukottai districts. After considering all factors, the central government team zeroed down Thoppur of Madurai district to be an ideal location to set up the landmark AIIMS facility of the state.

After the location being finalised, K Palaniswami, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu declared that the set-up of AIIMS in Madurai will now begin. It will be a 750-bed modern facility will be set up in the town of Thoppur near Madurai at an estimated cost of Rs 1,500 crore. It is remarkable that the proposed institute will also have a teaching facility attached to it with 100 MBBS seats, boosting the state’s premium medical education facility provisions significantly. Thanking the Centre, Palaniswami assured that Tamil Nadu government will provide all the needed support to turn AIIMS facility into a reality.

To turn AIIMS Tamil Nadu into a reality, Palaniswami has directed state Health Minister C Vijayabaskar, Principal Health Secretary, J Radhakrishnan and other senior officials to provide all the necessary support to the Centre to initiate the work at the earliest. Even the late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa was very keen that an institution of the calibre of AIIMS will set up in Tamil Nadu. She believed that the medical facility can provide quality medical education, research, and high-end tertiary healthcare in the public sector for the betterment of the poor and middle-class people.