New Delhi: To ensure proper patient care, teaching and research, AIIMS has decided to make its campus 5G-enabled by June 30. It will be the first institution in the country to have the technology, said officials, adding that a five-member committee has been constituted to expedite the process.
An office memorandum issued by AIIMS director M Srinivas stated, “To enable maximum utilisation of modern communication technology for patient care, teaching, research, good governance, and for optimal deployment of integrated medical university information system (IMUIS), it is desirable that the entire campus has good strength of 5G mobile network to enable a robust mobile and data connectivity inside the buildings.”
He also said that strong 5G connectivity will help the institute staying in touch with its main and outreach campuses like NCI Jhajjar, which will enable senior faculty members to provide their expert advice during off-duty hours.
According to administrative officials, the institute has a daily footfall of about 50,000 and good mobile connectivity is essential. It has been noted that there are many dark spots in the institute with nil to very poor connectivity, which causes great discomfort to patients, staff and visitors.
The committee will be headed by professor Vivek Tandon, department of neurosurgery AIIMS and members will include Dr Vivek Gupta (computer facility) and superintending engineer Jitendra Saxena. Dr Vikas from telecommunications will be member secretary of the committee and Sunita Cherodath, senior deputy director general, department of telecommunications, will be a special invitee.
Officials said the committee will float an expression of interest for all 5G mobile service providers by March 20 and request them to survey the campus. The committee was asked to submit the report on a fortnightly basis.