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Study shows AIIMS doctors are well paid

New Delhi: As opposed to the popular perception that the private sector honey trap most of the government sector doctors to consider their offers for hefty pay packages, a government run institution AIIMS presents a rosy picture by giving its faculty a good salary package besides various other perks and allowances.

A study of cost incurred by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi on various categories of its faculty members, carried out by the department of hospital administration using the cost to company (CTC) method, has revealed that a professor is paid Rs 23 lakh on initial appointment and the total figure comes around Rs 34.81 lakh per annum using the CTC method.

The study, which was carried out over a period of six months from October 2012 to March 2013, has showed that the international trips for attending conferences, the office maintenance and paying the secretarial staff constitute almost 30-40 per cent of the annual salary.

AIIMS professors and additional professors are entitled to attend one international conference every year and associate professors and assistant professors get this opportunity once in two years. Also, faculty members of the institute are permitted to attend conferences, workshops etc within India and in SAARC countries, out of which four national conferences are being supported from the institute’s funds.

An international conference costs around Rs 2.49 lakh per faculty member per year and conferences in India or in SAARC countries costs about Rs 87 thousand per faculty member per year. In 2012-2013 alone, AIIMS spent Rs 4.44 crore on doctors’ international trips and Rs 4.25 crore on their domestic travel.

The accommodation provided to the professor and additional professor by the institute carries a market rent of Rs 1.5 lakh per month whereas that provided to the associate professor or assistant professor carries a market rent of Rs 60,000 per month in the prime location of South Delhi.

The institute also spends around Rs 81,000 annually on a professor as his learning resource allowance and re-imbursement of telephone bills.

In total, an additional professor earns around Rs 29.94 lakh per annum, an associate professor around Rs 25.88 lakh per annum and an assistant professor around Rs 20.71 lakh per annum, using the CTC method.

Dr Shakti K Gupta, who heads the hospital administration department of AIIMS, New Delhi shared with India Medical Times, “It is not only a good pay but a good work environment and the opportunity to serve people at AIIMS that stopped many doctors from joining the private hospitals. Those who chose to leave AIIMS for more money in private hospitals in India and overseas did not realize that it’s a privilege to work in such an institution as we support their research, education and growth. There is only patient care in private hospitals and little scope for further learning.”

As per the study, “In addition to the above, the legal expenses arising out of any litigation or court cases filed against any faculty members of AIIMS in the course of discharging their official duties are being borne by the institute. The AIIMS has appointed eminent lawyer for the purpose who represents the faculty members in various courts. Also, the institute provides a secure environment as security guards are deployed in the residential campus at four locations, thereby ensuring security of the residential accommodation including the family members of the faculty and personal belongings.”

However, given the numbers, the institute faces a severe staff shortage. It is short of 119 associate professors and 402 assistant professors.

So, what lures the AIIMS doctors to quit the institute to find newer pastures? Perhaps, it’s time that the institute gives a fresh look to the major reasons behind the reported “exodus” of its senior doctors. An overhaul of administrative policies, a transparent system of promotion and humane working hours could be taken as priority to mark a new beginning.

by Vidhi Rathee


  1. SS SS Thursday, December 31, 2015

    Vidhi Rathee should have analysed the reasons why the institute faces a severe staff shortage along with the write up “Study shows AIIMS doctors are well paid”.
    If they are well paid, then why the AIIMS is short of 119 associate professors and 402 assistant professors?

  2. shail sharma shail sharma Sunday, December 13, 2015

    AIIMS doctors are well paid. They are provided housing and a creative environment to pursue research.
    No reasons to quit.

  3. neeraj neeraj Wednesday, May 21, 2014

    So to sum up. Doctors are not paid handsomely anywhere
    And that’s the reason for staff shortage everywhere including AIIMS. Dr M C Gupta sir any legal help or advise regarding extra working hour enforced and inhumane conditions .

  4. Saikumar G Saikumar G Sunday, February 16, 2014

    In any government medical college of A.P, faculty will have to work extra because patient number is too much.Government will not sanction any post easily.Staff position is not adequate. No proper diagnostic facilities.Not sure of when will he get promotion.To get your own bills passed,you have to bribe. If someone looks at situation in most of the private medical colleges of A.P.,you need not work at all to get promotion.This is how many private medical practitioners with PG degrees have become associate professors or professors. No work because not many patients will come to op or admitted in wards.Students are not worried about what you teach. I you can keep the higher ups happy,you can take go on leave for months.Then why people are calling job offers by private medical college managements as honey trap?.In private medical colleges,the faculty will be thrown out once he is not important and some times without any explanation. Student or subordinate staff will dictate professor what he should not do.The management will decide about the result in exams.The salary fixed in the begining may not change for many years no matter how well you perform.The research has no value in many private medical college.The only thing every medical faculty wants is job security and equality which no one can be sure in non-government sector. Today,there are only few private medical colleges in our country which follow norms and maintain the standard of medical education.

  5. KUMAR KUMAR Saturday, February 15, 2014

    All autonomous institutes like JIPMER faculty get earn leave(EL of around 15 day,summer vacation -30 days(can be called any time, can be cancelled as per requirement,9 days of winter vacation.For your information it takes minimum 15 years to be professor with multiple research paper(total as required is nearly more than 50(Called as sneh bhargav committee), Multiple extramural grant etc.. All faculty has to go through interview by team of expert from various apex institute fro associate, additional professor and professor level.)do not expect that interview will always happen in correct time, so promotion may delay for years. many faculty are not promoted in spite of experience. The working hours in many clinical department is not 8 hours at a stretch but most of the day more than 12 hours per days. above all they have to do a lot of administrative. academic work at home which is more than 4-6 hours at fact working hours for many clinical faculty are nearly 15 to 18 hours per day. Frankly speaking Last week I have worked for more than 125 hours/wk.(as per all rule it should be not more than 42 hours).

  6. Dr K.Gowrinath Dr K.Gowrinath Friday, February 14, 2014

    I am happy to read that the medical faculty of central government institutes like AIIMS, Delhi are well paid now. Unfortunately this situation was not there in 1996. In those days, salary was not attractive and private practice was considered better than working in a central government institute to earn money. When I did not join as assistant professor in JIPMER, Pondicherry, my professor in JIPMER warned me that the work environment and job satisfaction is more important than money. I did not listen and joined a private medical college in Chennai which near to my native place. I did not have problem till I applied for promotion. I was not given promotion because my MD degree of A.P was not recognised. The situation did not change even after I passed DNB and my MD was recognised by the MCI. I had to resign and join another private medical college at Manipal situated far away from my native place. After working for about nine years In Manipal, I chose to return to my native place in A.P. on personal reasons. Once I gave notice of resignation, I was offered job in a private medical college at Nellore, A.P. I joined in that private medical college happily as I studied in Nellore before joining MBBS. I did not know how working in that private medical college can be different from that in Manipal. First shock to me was about leave details of that college. we were allowed only 24 days leave per year. This is in contrast to situation in a central institute like In JIPMER where faculty used to enjoy summer (One month) and winter (18 days) fully paid vacation in addition to casual leave, special casual leave, earned leave, optional holidays etc. The work of Head of the department was easy and except for teaching students, there was nothing like combined ward rounds because patients can be admitted by anybody working in the department on their name. This situation is unimaginable in any central institute. I used to teach PGs regularly and continued to write papers mostly ‘case reports’. After joining, I learnt that the professor who worked before me was given more salary and was alloted posh independent house compared to a two bedroom apartment provided to me. In central Institutes, accommodation is same for all professors. When I had to attend an interview for the post of director in a central institute at Delhi, I found that my original appointment order was taken back and kept in their office. I had to demand and get it from the principal for attending that interview. In central institutes, college office does not keep the original documents of faculty like appointment order with them. Once MCI introduced publication of certain number of research papers as main author or second author mandatory for promotion, majority of young faculty were frustrated as proper scientific research is not easy. Our college management does not follow central government rules of recognizing and encouraging national or international scientific presentations by the faculty. One has to spend money from their pocket to attend medical conferences. The ‘advanced research center’ was started in our college to help those who want to do research. I was happy that this type of academic help is required for faculty who cannot write scientific papers well. Within short time, there was allegation that the employees of advanced research center are actually sending dissertations submitted by PG students as original articles by including different faculty names to help them get promotion. I resigned my job as I was not happy with the work environment in the department and joined in a state government run medical college. Recently I received information that my assistant professor in that private medical college published a paper in a Medical journal of Nepal and was promoted as associate professor. I was happy that my assistant professor acquired capability to publish article in an international journal. I downloaded the article published by him and shocked to see that the article was similar to the dissertation submitted by the PG student when I was Head of the department. The contents of the article including the title was same to the dissertation but there were other faculty names. What I thought as a mere allegation of plagiarism when I was in that private medical college turned out to be true. Out of curiosity, I searched for more articles published from that college and found that majority of original articles were published in little known medical journals. One such original article involving adult cases of scorpion envenomation actually had a paediatrician name as second author. There were glaring irregularities in other published articles also. I promptly complained to the principal of that college as this type of practice will affect the morale of persons doing honest research work in that college. Till now, the central institutes are way ahead in research and publications and have brought name and fame to their institutes. If more private medical colleges start research centres like the one I saw, the equation will surely change in future. The so called ‘honey trap’ of many private medical college offering higher salaries to government doctors had no effect in our state and most of them choose to join in a private medical college only after retirement.

  7. Asinine Asinine Thursday, February 13, 2014

    It is plainly asinine to claim that doctors are well paid. Medicine isn’t a generous field when it comes to money. Examples have been cited above. The editor should not mislead the general public by biased and factually erroneous articles like this. Please do your research before claiming that doctors live in utopia. On the other hand, not much better is expected from a B-grade news site such as this. Thanks for trying.

  8. Dr Bijayraj R Dr Bijayraj R Thursday, February 13, 2014

    Yes, AIIMS doctors may be well paid and perked- i.e. compared to peers in other medical institutes. The conditions are rosy indeed.

    FYI, an average middle-level manager (B. Com + MBA) in FMCG is paid 15-20 lakh per annum, plus perks.
    Is a doctor “well paid” after MBBS, MD/DNB/ DM etc if he gets the same “rosy salary and perks”?

    I am not greedy, but I don’t see employed doctors being sufficiently paid, in general in the rest of the country. They have to look to alternate sources of income. Partly it may be greed, but in many cases it is simply lack of sufficient benefits.

    My humble opinion regarding “CTC”:- Get in fancy commerce people and their concepts, and end up muddling the medical profession even more.
    Medicine should be managed by doctors or paramedics (with training in commerce). Commercial practices in medical field should have a humane approach.

    Letting pure commerce people who have only thought of money throughout their educational life has further spoilt the credibility of the medical profession. They are the main ones who incite (private) hospital managements to goad their employed doctors with “targets”. These practices are simply not the helping “healing profession”.

    Take for example, the survey in the article above- words such as “well paid” in the headline, “rosy” “CTC” etc- Doctors in the most premier institute are judged as being “well paid” from data by a bunch of commerce grads who have never seen what doctors have gone thorough to get into AIIMS!


    Dr Bijayraj R
    DNB, MRCGP (Int).
    State Co-ordinator (Kerala)
    Academy of Family Physicians of India.

  9. M C Gupta M C Gupta Wednesday, February 12, 2014

    Ref: AIIMS presents a rosy picture by giving its faculty a good salary package besides various other perks and allowances.

    If it is a fact that the picture is rosy as regards a good salary package and perks to AIIMS faculty, then the AIIMS doctors must be a bunch of fools to quit their jobs.

    Maybe there is a need to have a comparative assessment and try to answer the question–“Is the picture more rosy as regards faculty of IIMs, IITs and staff traing colleges for IAS etc.?”

    NB–When making the comparison, it would be necessary to compute the emoluments earned per hour of work (including consultancy fees that may be earned).

    As a matter of fact, it would have been nice and even expected if the authors of the study had made such comparison themselves.

    The concluding para, reproduced below, needs to be pondered upon by those at the helm of affairs.

    NOTE–I was a faculty member at AIIMS for 19 years.

    –M C Gupta, MD, LLM
    Member, Supreme Court Bar Association

    –M C Gupta

  10. Aims Aims Wednesday, February 12, 2014

    AIIMS salary package =/= state slary packages. JRs in Delhi get paid 2-4 times what the fag end earns. Delhi prices don’t reflect the national average.

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