Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: A study of the job opportunities availed of by 42 batches of alumni from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) that have passed out since its inception in 1956 has indicated that the United States has been the preferred destination. In India, it is Delhi that attracts most of the AIIMSONIANS (AIIMS alumni).

The trend of going abroad peaked in 1968, the study says. Media Studies Group (MSG), in association with Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), collected information contained in the latest issue of "The AIIMSONIANS Directory" -- which is the directory of the Alumni Association of AIIMS -- updated till 2003. MSG and CSDS also took help from and cross-checked the information collected with the Encyclopaedic Directory of the "AIIMSONIANS of America (AOA)", a non-profit, charitable corporation that has nearly 750 members.

In the study of 2,149 students comprising 42 batches, information regarding the workplace was available for 1,477 pass-outs.

As per the study, out of 1,477, more than 52 per cent (780) have gone abroad. The destinations include the U.S., the United Kingdom, Canada, European nations, Australia, African countries, Middle East and some other Asian countries. Of the 780, around 87 per cent have preferred to work in the U.S.

Within the U.S., the AIIMS alumni are mostly concentrated in the States of California and New York. Cardiology (69) and internal medicine (142) are preferred areas of specialities for the AIIMSONIANS in the U.S.

Interestingly, only 32 of the 101 pass-outs who have made it to other countries have gone to the U.K. A large number of these 101 are employed in European nations, Canada and Australia.

The trend of AIIMSONIANS going abroad was quite strong in the first 15 years of inception of AIIMS and the peak came in 1968 when as many as 87 per cent of the pass-outs went aboard. According to the study, a little over 41 per cent (611) of the 1,477 pass-outs have remained back to work in India after passing out from the premier institution.

Among those who have stayed back, 404 students (about two thirds) are working in Delhi. More than 71 per cent are working in other metro cities