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Director's Report on 41st Foundation Day Celebration of RIMS on 14th Sept.2012


      Respected DGHS, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India Dr. Jagdish Prasad, the Chief Guest of today’s function; Hon’ble MLA Prof. N. B. Singh, the President of this function; respected Prof. AD Singh, the Guest of Honour; respected Dean School of Medical Sciences, MU, Prof. T.Y. Babu Singh; Medical Superintendent, Prof. H. Shanti Singh; Chairman of the Reception Committee, Prof. GN Sharma; Director Health Services, Government of Manipur; Retd. Addl. Director of Health Services; Retd. Professor & Heads of Departments; Retired Officers of RIMS; Distinguished invitees, media personnel, learned faculty members, staff, my dear students of medical, nursing and dental streams, ladies and gentlemen.


      I, on behalf of the institute and on my own behalf would like to extend a hearty welcome once again to all the dignitaries, invitees and everyone present here and thank them for kindly spending their valuable quality time with us and join in the 41st Foundation Day celebrations of RIMS, Imphal and thus encouraging all of us at RIMS, Imphal. I must say that the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences is greatly honoured to have the Respected Chief Guest, Hon’ble President and honoured guests amidst us on this auspicious day.

     Ladies and gentlemen, RIMS was established 40 years ago on the 14th Sept 1972, as the Regional Medical College, Imphal. I am proud to be a product of this institute from its first batch. The institute came into existence owing to the vision, determination and tireless efforts of the then government and intellectuals. It has been nurtured by the great lineage of the heads of this institute and learned doctors, teachers and other staff over the last 40 years. RIMS, Imphal is now very well known all over the country and even outside owing to the large number of basic and specialist doctors produced by this institute and serving as the backbone of medical facilities all over the entire north-east and holding a large number of key positions in different medical institutes, hospitals, research bodies in the country and abroad.

      The institute was managed by a society till August 1976 when it was handed over to the Ministry of Home. It was then transferred to the NEC by a decision of the Government of India. When the Ministry of DoNER was formed and NEC was allotted to it, RIMS came under the Ministry of DoNER in September 2001. RIMS along with the RIMS hospital was again transferred from the Ministry of DoNER to the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare on the 1st April 2007 based on an MOU made amongst NEC, DoNER and Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.

      RIMS has grown by leaps and bounds over the last few years. It now has nearly 2000 employees with an enhanced annual outlay which is fully funded by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India. RIMS is still an autonomous institute but has lost its regional character with the inclusion of 15% AIQ in the 100 annual admissions in the MBBS course, 50% AIQ in the 147 annual admissions in the postgraduate MD/MS courses in 23 disciplines. Superspecialty courses in Urology and Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery on All India Open basis has been running since 2010.

      Last year the long pending 1st year examination of B.Sc. course of the College of Nursing which was started in 2009 was conducted and the 2nd yr university exam is being conducted next month with the grant of affiliation by the Manipur University. The third batch of students for B.Sc. Nursing Course has been admitted. Appointment of full strength of faculty for the nursing college is almost complete.

      The Dental College has been officially started from the 28th August 2012 with the permission granted by the Dental Education Section of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare based on the inspection report of the Dental Council of India. Prior to this appointment of teaching and other staff required for starting BDS course has been made and the necessary infrastructure provided and equipments have been procured. The admission process of the 1st batch of BDS course is now almost complete.

      A large number of staff nurses and nursing sisters who have been stagnating for a long time have been promoted to nursing sisters and higher posts recently.  The flurry of activities and the improvement of performance which follow such long pending promotion are evident.

      Proposal for creation of some posts of Professors in departments running superspecialty courses have been approved and further proposals for creation of faculty posts in other superspecialty departments for teaching as well as patient care services are well under way. We made tangible changes in the administration in terms of improved work ethics of the employees, increased productivity, easier supervision  and streamlining of the workflow by introduction of Biometric attendance recording system, and efficient File Tracker programme, and improved security with Closed Circuit TV surveillance system.

     The Ministry has listened to our requests to extend the benefits, both financial and promotional, of central service to RIMS employees and these benefits are being implemented in RIMS, Imphal.  Proposals to bring our salary structure at par with other institutes under the Ministry like NEIGRIHMS and to upgrade RIMS to the status of AIIMS have been made. RIMS fervently hope that DGHS will consider our request favourably and the Hon’ble Union Minister of Health will be kind enough to grant us these facilities in view of the fact that RIMS is at par or even better than other institutes in terms of imparting education, production of well qualified doctors and rendering excellent patient care services.

Hospital and patient statistics:

       Last year, 2,89,442 patients attended OPD, 1,065,735 patients were treated in Casualty, 35,547 were admitted in wards, 5,816 major operations were performed and 3,574 minor operations were conducted. Average length of stay in the wards was 7 days and Bed Occupancy rate was around 70%.

      Many deficiencies of the hospital in different aspects of patient care have been made up. New installations include: ERCP, Holmium YAG Laser, Dornier Sigma Lithotripter, Cold Rooms, Component separators, Cell Counters, Elisa Readers, High end Ultrasound machines for the Radiodiagnosis, Medicine, Anatomy, PMR and Emergency departments, Lap set for PPP, OT tables, Force Triad for Surgery, Sterilizer and Shredder (for waste disposal), Cytogenetics Lab equipment, Neurocom Balance Master, Real Time PCR (DBT funded), ECT machine, etc.

      The advanced hospital information management system will be fully functional within six months with the embracing of cloud-computing, installation of two broadband fibre-optics lines of 4 Mbps and 100 Mbps and a firm tripartite MOU made between RIMS, CDAC and MANITRON for handing over a fully functional system without further cost to RIMS.

      A large number of faculty members of the institute have been taking up various research projects and infrastructure building projects funded by various agencies like DBT, ICMR, WHO etc. The total number of new projects is 19.

      A total of 38 conferences, seminars, workshops, CME and training programmes were organised at RIMS, Imphal in the last 1 year. A total number of 117 research papers have been published by the different departments of RIMS, Imphal during the year. The Medical Society of RIMS has continued to upkeep its commendable performance by organising the 2nd MESOCON and arranging to publish the JMS through Wolters Kluer, MedKnow in a much improved format with facilities for online submission and wider indexing.

      We have 523 undergraduate MBBS students on roll. A cumulative total of 2696 doctors have been produced so far. 441 postgraduate students are on roll and 913 specialist doctors have been produced. A total of 26 M. Phil in Clinical Psychology have been produced.

       In appreciation of the achievements of the academic performances of students and to encourage them in their academic pursuits certificates, gold medals and cash awards are instituted by the institute as well as by some generous donors. There are 40 institutional awards, 7 gold medals and 18 cash awards. This year three more prizes will be awarded to the meritorious B.Sc. Nursing students also.

       A landmark achievement that we can all be happy about is the starting of construction in March 2012 of a multi-storey modern OPD building, 5 hostels and many other expansions with the approval of the Ministry and executed by HSCC, Noida. This should enable us to deal with the increased number of PG students, Nursing and Dental students and provide the much deserved proper accommodation to all categories of students.

       The instructions to increase intake of MBBS students to 154 from the existing 100 has been discussed at different levels and likely to come through shortly. But the ministry has listened to our request to provide necessary infrastructure first before admitting the additional number to accommodate the mandatory 27% reservation for OBC.

       Ladies and Gentlemen, RIMS is moving in the right direction and it is moving fast. We, the staff of this institute however need to remember that we all have a responsibility, a great responsibility towards the students and the patients.  Students of Medical, Dental and Nursing streams have flocked here from all over the country with great expectations of good medical, dental & nursing education. Patients have come from all over the state and the neighbouring states expecting diagnosis and treatment of a high standard, and not only to get cured but also to get cared for and concerned about. Let us all try to live upto their expectations and let RIMS remain a medical centre of excellence and achieve even higher standards

       I must, at the end, congratulate our prized possessions – all the students who have excelled and are being awarded on this foundation day and wish all the students who have graduated and those who have completed their Masters good luck and all the best in their future career.

       Once again I thank all the dignitaries, honoured guest, invitees, media persons, staff, students, ladies and gentlemen for your kind patient listening to the report on the achievements of RIMS. Your presence has made this function a grand success and we are honoured.

                                        Long Live RIMS, Imphal. Jai Hind

Imphal, 14 Sept 2012           

Prof.S.Sekharjit Singh


Regional Institute of Medical Sciences



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