The India Minister for Health's reply to Gregg's critique of the All India Medical Institute.
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1953-06-18 (June 18, 1953)
Kaur, Rajkumari Amrit
Courtesy of Eleanor Gregg.
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Postwar Work and Retirement, 1945-1956
Letter from Alan Gregg to Rajkumari Amrit Kaur [ca. June 1953]
Box Number: 14
Folder Number: 6
18th June, 1953.
On my return from USSR I have found among many other personal letters your personal note to me of the 1st inst. for which
I thank you.
I regret your decision but I fully appreciate the reasons for it. I do not think the age question would matter because we
have now abolished 55 as the retirement age for our technical personnel and we have fixed no limit to the period for which
we can re-emply them. But what worries me is the fact that you consider the enterprise of the A.I.M.I. an unwise one. I myself
am so anxious to raise standards of medical education in our country and to give our young men and women a chance of post-graduate
studies in their own country and in their own rural background. Unless I have an institution under the Central Ministry of
Health I cannot achieve my object and therefore it is that I am trying to lay the foundation of what should be an ideal teaching
institution in our country. Were our States not autonomous in the matter of Health I might have tried other ways and means
of raising standards, as for example, by upgrading various departments or even upgrading standards in the existing colleges
in India. That, however, is not possible for me to do with the present set-up. I believe thet if the A.I.M.I. is started on
a sound foundation it will
eventually become not only a good centre for all the Indian States to copy but also an international centre for the South
East Asia Zone.
With very kind regards to Mrs. Gregg and yourself,