New Delhi: All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has created a benchmark in the field of healthcare not only at the national level but also internationally, said J P Nadda, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare here on Thursday. He was inaugurating the 60th Institute Day Celebrations of AIIMS. 

 
Speaking on the occasion, the Health Minister said, "AIIMS has a great testimony and we must try to replicate it in the new 15 AIIMS." He assured that the Government is committed to ensuring that the new AIIMS will meet the same standards of service as AIIMS, New Delhi. No effort will be spared to make them the very best. The new Institutes will be “AIIMS” and not “AIIMS-like”, he noted. 
 
The Health Minister said that the Government has extended all support for the major expansion programmes of AIIMS with a new Mother and Child Block, an OPD Block and a National Cancer Institute. Proposals for expansion of the Trauma Centre and Development of Western Campus of AIIMS are also underway, he informed. These expansion plans would fulfill the long felt needs of the apex medical institution in the country, he stated. 
 
The Health Minister also gave away the AIIMS Excellence and Research Awards, 2014-15 for basic and clinical sciences and congratulated the awardees.