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Director’s Report on 40th RIMS Foundation Day Celebration 14th September 2011

Hon’ble  Chief Minister of Manipur, Shri O. Ibobi Singh, Chief Guest of this function;  Hon’ble MP, Lok Sabha, Shri Dr. Thokchom Meinya, President, Honoured Guests- retired Heads of Deptts – Dr. RK Bhabanisana Devi and Dr. K. Tomba Singh,  Medical Superintendent i/c Prof. H. Shanti Singh, Chairman of Reception Committee Prof. N. Damayanti Devi, Distinguished invitees, media personnel, learned faculty members, staff, my dear students, 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 40th Foundation Day celebrations of this institute and thus encouraging all of us at RIMS. I must say that the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences is greatly honoured to have the Hon’ble Chief Guest, President and Honoured amidst us on this auspicious day.


Ladies and gentlemen, RIMS was established  39 years ago on the 14th Sept 1972 as the Regional Medical College, Imphal. The memory of that day is etched vividly in my mind for eternity. I am proud to be a product of this institute form 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 and teachers over the last 39 years.

The institute was managed by a society till Aug 1976 when it was handed over to the Ministry of Home. It was then transferred to the NEC by a decision of the GoI. When the Ministry of DoNER was formed and NEC was allotted to it, RIMS came under the M/o DoNER in Sept 2001. RIMS along with the RIMS hospital was again transferred from the M/o DoNER to the Ministry of H&FW on the 1st April 2007 based on an MOU made on the 24th April 2007 amongst NEC, DoNER and MoH&FW.

RIMS has grown by leaps and bounds over the last decade. It now has over 1800 employees with an enhanced annual outlay which is fully funded by the M/o H&FW, GoI. RIMS is still an autonomous institute but has lost a part of 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.

The long pending 1st yr examination of the Nursing College which was started in 2009 has been  conducted with the grant of affiliation by the Manipur University. We are hopeful of fulfilling nearly all the deficiencies in the teaching staff of the Nursing College in this current month.  Appointments of teaching staff have been made in Dentistry Dept in anticipation of starting a Dental College from the 2012 academic session. Purchase of essential equipments is complete and arrangements for expansion to accommodate a dental laboratory have been made.

A large number of nursing staff who were employed on contract basis over the last 10 years due to the dire necessity of providing adequate nursing service inspite of no sanction posts have been appointed against recently created sanctioned posts.

The institute now has over 1800 employees of which about 280 are teaching doctors. We have made tangible changes in the administration to improve the work ethics of the employees, to increase productivity, to make supervision easier and to streamline the workflow by introduction of Biometrics Attendance recording system, an efficient File Tracker programme, periodic interactions with different grades of employees, so on and so forth. The administration has involved a larger number of the faculty and other staff in decision making bodies. Our effort towards providing many of the benefits of central service to our employees is beginning to bear fruits.

The attached hospital has 1074 beds.  2,81,604 patients attended the OPD;  88,736 patients were treated in the emergency;  36,000 were admitted in the wards; 5,542 major and 3,382 minor operations were conducted. Liver clinic and Surgical Oncology clinic have been introduced.

New facilities added include a state of art 64 slice CT scanner, fully loaded anaesthetic work stations, urodynamics system, ERCP equipments, Cytogenetics lab equipments, a 3-in-1 surgical electrocautery & vessel sealing system, 7 Blood Gas Analysers and multitudes of essential basic diagnostic, monitoring and therapeutic equipments. The advanced hospital information management system will be fully functional with the embracing of cloud-computing, installation of two broadband fibre-optic lines of 4 Mbps and 100Mbps and repair, replacement and upgradation of many of the nodes and workstations.

     A sizeable number of faculty members of the Institute have been taking up various research projects on different aspects of health care under ICMR, DBT, WHO etc. The total number of projects in hand is 40.

     A total of 30 conferences, seminars, workshops, CME and training programmes were organized at RIMS, Imphal in the last 1 year. A total number of 101 research papers have been published by the different Departments of Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, Imphal during the year. The Medical Society of RIMS which is an apex academic body of RIMS has shown a commendable performance by organizing the 1st Medical Society Conference – the MESOCON on top of all the regular programmes.

     We have 602 undergraduate MBBS students on roll. A cumulative total of 2633 doctors have been produced so far. 371 postgraduate students are on roll and 845 specialist doctors have been produced. A total of 22 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.

     A landmark achievement that we can all be happy about is the approval of the Ministry to start construction of the hostels for postgraduates which we desperately need following the sudden increase in postgraduate seats by 75 per annum to accommodate AIQ students. Along with this we have obtained approval for construction of a new OPD block, different hostels for the MBBS, Interns & House Officers, Dental & Nursing students. The Ministry has kindly listened to our request to first upgrade our existing facilities before increasing in MBBS seats to 150 per annum to accommodate the mandatory 27% reservation for OBC.

     ladies and gentleman, 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 have flocked here from all over the country with great expectations of good medical education. Patients have come from all over the state and the neighbouring states expecting cure of their ailments, to get the best of investigations and treatment to get relief, cared for and be concerned about. Let us all try to live up to their expectations and let RIMS remain a medical centre of excellence.

     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 career.

     Once again I thank all the dignitaries, honoured guests, 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. Jai Hind.

        Imphal, 14th Sept 2012   

Prof. S. Sekharjit Singh


Regional Institute of Medical Sciences


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