Regional parameical center to be in Sijua near AIIMS-like institution: Dharitri

July 12th, 2011

Regional Institute of Paramedical Sciences to be set up in Cuttack at the cost of 74 crores

Following is an excerpt from a UNI report in

The institute, which would be set up under the joint collaboration of the Centre and the state government, would meet the requirement of paramedical staff in the entire eastern region, including Orissa.

This was disclosed during a high-level meeting here today under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to assess the number of various health workers posts lying vacant in the state.

Earlier in May 2009 we wrote about such institutes in the other part of the country in

Earlier this year in June 2010 the cabinet had approved establishment of 1 national and 9 regional institutes of paramedical sciences across the country. I guess the one in Odisha is out of those. Following is the PIB article from June 2010 on that: ( )

The Union Cabinet today approved the establishment of the National Institute of Paramedical Sciences (NIPS), Regional Institutes of Paramedical Sciences (RIPS) and a scheme to support the State Government Medical Colleges for conducting paramedical courses through a one time grant. 

The total project cost for the proposal is Rs.1156.43 crore with a Central share of Rs.999.31 crore (85%) and the remaining Rs.157.12 crore (15%) being borne by the States. 

This measure would lead to an additional yearly intake capacity of 14,480 to the health delivery system annually when fully implemented. 

The initiative will augment the supply of skilled paramedical manpower and promote quality of paramedical training through standardisation of such education/courses across the country. The main components of the proposal are: Manpower development through support to State Government Medical Colleges in the form of a one time grant and establishment of one National Institute of Paramedical Sciences and eight Regional Institutes of Paramedical Sciences in various parts of the country as well as developing the existing regional Institute of Paramedical and Nursing Sciences (RIPANS), Aizawal as the 9th RIPS . 

The financial implication to support the State Government medical colleges in the form of a one time grant for commencing/enhancing intake capacity of paramedical courses at Undergraduate and Post Graduate levels will be Rs.352 crore. For establishment of one National Institute of Paramedical Sciences, the total cost proposed is Rs.108.29 crore and amount required for 8 RIPS as well as developing the existing RIPANS as 9th RIPS will be Rs.696.14 crore. 

October 29th, 2010

Some National and Six Regional Institutes of Paramedical Sciences are being established

Following is an excerpt from a report in

Bangalore Medical College and Research Institution (BMCRI) will soon house the Regional Institute of Para-medical Sciences (RIPS), which is aimed at ensuring a steady supply of qualified paramedical staff in the state and across the country.

The proposed RIPS is one of the six such regional training centres proposed by the Centre to augment shortage of men in the health sector.The work on the two National Institute of Para-medical Centres at Najafgarh, Delhi and Chengalpet in Tamil Nadu is going on at brisk pace.The BMRCI already runs six courses in the paramedical discipline. “Once the RIPS starts, about 10 new courses will be introduced.

The institute will have a capacity of 1,000 students and the admission will be through the CET.In the line of IITs, IIMs and AIIMS, these institutions will become a model training institutions for paramedical education in the country.” said,Dr G T Subhash, Dean and Director, BMCRI.“

… According to an official estimated, there is 4.3 million shortage of para-medical staff world-wide with acute shortage in South-East Asian region.According to WHO report India needs to invest at least US$2 billion per annum to for the next six years. India faces a crunch of about 60-70 percent paramedical staffs, as the paramedical education system seems to be unorganised and as such there is no paramedical council and accreditation system. …

Paramedicals are persons trained to assist medical professionals in thediagnosis and treatment of patients. These includes:

● Medical laborotory technologists, blood bank technologists.

● Nurses, skilled birth attendants, operation theatre assistants.

● Radiographers, radiotherapy technologists, perfusion technologists, ECG, EEG and EMG technologists.

● Physiotherapists, occupational therapists, audiology and speech therapists, orthotists/ prosthetists.

● Optometrists, pharmacists, clinical psychologists, pre hospital trauma technicians, dental mechanics, dialysis technologists and medical records technologists.

Besides the above,  a Regional institute of Paramedical and Nursing Sciences (RIPANS) is already established in Aizawl and one is being tried in Kozhikode, Kerala. Following is an excerpt about the later from a news item in


Kerala Health Minister P K Sreemathy today said the government was expecting a formal approval from the Centre for the proposed Regional Institute of Paramedical Sciences(RIPS) at the Kozhikode Medical College Hospital within three months.

Talking to reporters here, she said the government had allotted 25 acres of land for the purpose and the expert team, which inspected the site, had expressed satisfaction.

The institute, to be set up at a cost of Rs 90 crore, would conduct 57 new courses, she said and added that the project would be implemented as part of the second anniversary of the Left Democratic Front (LDF) Government in the state.

Ms Sreemathy said the Health Department would start three nursing colleges in Malampuzha, Uduma and Pallurthy and the government was waiting a formal approval from the Medical Council.

Why is not Orissa pursuing one of these?

2 comments May 7th, 2009

National Institute of Paramedical Science


For the paramedical personnel there several institutions, in the States but also in the private sector but these are unregulated and there is lack of uniformity in the training imparted. For regulating training of paramedics it is proposed to set up the Paramedics Council and a Bill for the same has already been introduced in Parliament. Separately, there is also a proposal in the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare to set up a National Institute of Paramedical Sciences (with branches in New Delhi and Chennai) for undertaking and coordinating training programmes in the country in collaboration with State Governments. The Ministry is proposing to use distance education to ensure large coverage of the training programmes.

3 comments June 18th, 2008


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